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Title: Experiences of obesity among Saudi Arabian women contemplating bariatric surgery: An interpretative phenomenological analysis
Authors: Alqout, O
Reynolds, F
Keywords: Appearance;Body image;Body size;Culture;Distress;Eating behaviour;Interpretative phenomenological analysis;Norms;Obesity;Stigma
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Sage Publications
Citation: Journal of Health Psychology, 19(5), 664 - 677, 2014
Abstract: This study explored experiences of obesity, its perceived causes and motives for surgery, as described by seven Saudi women contemplating bariatric surgery. The women experienced cultural restrictions on their physical and social activities. Obesity embodied these restrictions, attracting stigma and moral failure. Traditional clothing, foods, hospitality norms and limited outdoor female activities were regarded as barriers to weight loss. Bariatric surgery was chosen to protect health and to access normative female roles. Some were encouraged by relatives who had undergone surgery. Opting for surgery reflected both participants’ sense of powerlessness to self-manage weight and the social acceptability, within their family context, of this biomedical approach.
Description: This is the author's accepted manuscript. The final published article is available from the link below. Copyright @ 2013 The Authors.
ISSN: 1359-1053
Appears in Collections:Occupational Therapy
Dept of Clinical Sciences Research Papers

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