Thesis subject

My personal journey to weight loss surgery

“There’s a whole in my sidewalk and I need to get out”. I’ve tried it all, every diet on earth, every trick in the book. And now I’ve made the choice to have weight loss surgery”.

Weight loss surgery is often frowned upon by society as it is seen as an easy way out method to lose weight. Despite these negative views there are many people who decide to have surgery.

In this thesis project, we are interested in understanding the patient journey that led up to weight loss surgery. Why do people choose to have surgery? Does stigma play a role in this choice? Is every patient journey different or are there similar experiences that all people go through? The specific research focus and research design can be determined in consultation.

The project is a collaboration between Health and Society (HSO), Rural Sociology (RSO), Human Nutrition and Health (HNH), and the Montpellier University in France.

Interested or want to know more? Please contact Franshelis Garcia ( (add in the CC).

Duration: 6 months
Language: English

Start Date: Flexible

More information on the project can be found on our website.