Thesis subject

Perceptions and attitudes towards obesity and bariatric surgery in persons with obesity

Bariatric surgery is an increasingly used method to battle obesity and obesity related comorbidities. However, like obesity, bariatric surgery is highly stigmatized with patients being viewed as lazy, cheaters, and taking the easy way out.

Previous thesis students have investigated the experiences of patients pre- and post-surgery. Now we are interested in understanding the views and attitudes towards obesity and bariatric surgery among persons with obesity who have not yet considered surgery.

Research questions include:

  • What are the perceptions and attitudes towards obesity and bariatric surgery among persons with obesity?
  • What role do these perceptions and attitudes play in the decision-making process for bariatric surgery among persons with obesity?
  • Do these perceptions and attitudes differ between men and women?

If you are interested or want to know more about this this topic or project, please contact Franshelis Garcia (franshelis.garcia@wur.nl). Please include thesiscoordination.hso@wur.nl in the CC.

Duration: 6 months
Language:
Dutch / English

Start Date: January 2021

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