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dc.contributor.authorUeland, Venke Irene
dc.contributor.authorFurnes, Bodil
dc.contributor.authorDysvik, Elin
dc.contributor.authorRørtveit, Kristine
dc.identifier.citationUeland, V., Furnes, B., Dysvik, E., Rørtveit, K. (2019) Living with obesity — existential experiences. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 14.en_US
dc.description.abstractAims and objectives: The aim was to gain in-depth understanding about individuals’ existential experiences of living with obesity. Background: People living with obesity face great vulnerability and existential challenges. The different treatments offered do not seem to meet the individual needs of persons with obesity. A deeper understanding of existential experiences from an individual perspective is needed to individualize treatment. Design: An exploratory phenomenological–hermeneutical design was used to gain a greater understanding of the existential experiences involved in living with obesity. Methods: The participants represented a convenient sample. 18 qualitative interviews were conducted and subjected to phenomenological–hermeneutical analysis. Results: Four themes emerged: shaped by childhood; captured by food; depressed by the culture; and judged by oneself. Conclusions: The burden of being obese can be experienced as being objectified and alienated as a human being. We need to turn towards a life-world perspective, seeing each human being as a living body to overcome objectification and alienation, and then move them towards becoming subjects in their own lives, through giving space for self-love. Health care workers need to assist persons living with obesity to reduce objectification and alienation. It is important to develop intervention that has an individual, holistic approach.en_US
dc.publisherInforma UK Limited (Taylor & Francis)en_US
dc.rightsNavngivelse 4.0 Internasjonal*
dc.subjectsykelig overvekten_US
dc.titleLiving with obesity — existential experiencesen_US
dc.typePeer revieweden_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.rights.holder© 2019 The Author(s)en_US
dc.subject.nsiVDP::Medisinske Fag: 700en_US
dc.source.journalInternational Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-beingen_US
dc.relation.projectUniversitetet i Stavanger: IN-10519en_US

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