A sociology of bariatric surgery (male symbol) men, bodies, and meanings

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Lindsay C. Nolasco (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Advisor
Steven Kroll-Smith

Abstract: The swift rise of obesity has resulted in the sensationalism of radical medical procedures to induce weight-loss. Although the prevalence of obesity is similar for both men and women (about 35 percent in men and 40 percent in women), more women than men opt for bariatric surgery (JAMA 2016). Due to the lack of information available about men who have had bariatric surgery, this phenomenological study identifies men’s cognitive and emotional reasoning around their decisions to get bariatric surgery and post-surgery, and their continued reflection and understanding of what this surgery means. This study furthermore illustrates their experiences of embodiment as they relate to the world around them, directly linking their identities to their bodies. Narratives from eight males residing in the United States will serve as the database for this exploratory study.

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Publication
Thesis
Language: English
Date: 2018
Keywords
Bariatric surgery, Cognitive lag, Men
Subjects
Obesity $x Surgery $x Psychological aspects
Obesity in men $x Psychological aspects

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