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

Jose, KA ORCID: 0000-0002-9346-6429, Venn, A ORCID: 0000-0001-7090-1398, Sharman, MJ ORCID: 0000-0003-1949-4920, Wilkinson, S, Williams, DM ORCID: 0000-0002-5697-1848 and Ezzy, D ORCID: 0000-0002-5078-2288 2017 , 'Understanding the gendered nature of weight loss surgery: insights from an Australian qualitative study' , Health Sociology Review, vol. 26, no. 2 , pp. 113-127 , doi:

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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.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Jose, KA and Venn, A and Sharman, MJ and Wilkinson, S and Williams, DM and Ezzy, D
Keywords: Obesity; gender; weight loss surgery; bariatric surgery; focus groups; Australia
Journal or Publication Title: Health Sociology Review
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1446-1242
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