Thesis subject

Stigma towards Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery (BS) is increasing in popularity as a tool to battle obesity in western societies. It is recognized as the most effective means of achieving significant weight loss among morbidly obese individuals, while also improving obesity related. However, like obesity BS is highly stigmatized, with patients being viewed as “taking the easy way out”. These views, present among both the general public and healthcare professionals, may discourage people from accessing the surgery, and negatively affect the wellbeing of BS patients.

While many studies have documented obesity stigmatization, little is known about BS stigmatization. The proposed research aims to provide a better understanding of prevailing attitudes and stigma towards BS, and factors that contribute to it.

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Duration: 6 months

Start Date: In consultation