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Understanding the gendered nature of weight loss surgery: insights from an Australian qualitative study


Jose, K and Venn, A and Sharman, M and Wilkinson, S and Williams, D and Ezzy, D, Understanding the gendered nature of weight loss surgery: insights from an Australian qualitative study, Health Sociology Review, 26, (2) pp. 113-127. ISSN 1446-1242 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/14461242.2017.1292145


Internationally, weight loss surgery is primarily undertaken by women (75%). This difference has been attributed to the appearance concerns of women which is a simplistic and unsatisfactory explanation. The study aims to explore the way gender influences the processes leading up to surgery and life after surgery providing important new insights into the differences in uptake of weight loss surgery between men and women. Ten single-gender focus groups were conducted in Australia in 2014 (Women = 32, Men = 17). Aspects of particular importance for understanding the gendered nature of weight loss surgery include different understandings of the mechanisms that contribute to weight gain, the relationship with food, experiences of having a big body and approaches to disclosure of surgery. To maximise outcomes following surgery, health services and supports need to give greater consideration to the way gender influences experiences for men and women pre and post-surgery.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Obesity; gender; weight loss surgery; bariatric surgery; focus groups; Australia
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Religion
Objective Field:Religion and society
UTAS Author:Jose, K (Dr Kim Jose)
UTAS Author:Venn, A (Professor Alison Venn)
UTAS Author:Sharman, M (Dr Melanie Sharman)
UTAS Author:Williams, D (Dr Danielle Williams)
UTAS Author:Ezzy, D (Professor Douglas Ezzy)
ID Code:114562
Year Published:2017
Funding Support:National Health and Medical Research Council (1076899)
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2017-02-18
Last Modified:2018-11-07
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