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Weight Loss Surgery: A Study in Stigma and Deviance

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dc.contributor.advisor Huey Dye, Meredith en_US Pennington, Barbara E. en_US 2014-06-02T19:01:55Z 2014-06-02T19:01:55Z 2014-03-27 en_US
dc.description.abstract While weight loss surgery (WLS) is a valid option for morbidly obese individuals, willpower, as demonstrated through diet and exercise, is constructed as the only acceptable strategy for losing weight. I used a 40-question survey instrument and divided participants into pre-WLS and post-WLS groups to measure respondents' experiences with WLS stigma (n = 101). More specifically I examined perceived obesity stigma prior to WLS, perceived WLS stigma after making the decision to have surgery, and respondents' tendencies to hide WLS status. Results indicated: 1) strong evidence of obesity stigma prior to WLS experienced by respondents in both groups, 2) evidence of stigma imputed to WLS despite perceptions of higher levels of support by significant others in respondents' lives, and 3) evidence that WLS patients hide their surgery status from some people in an effort to manage the stigma associated with having surgery. en_US
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.subject Bariatric en_US
dc.subject Impression Management en_US
dc.subject Obesity en_US
dc.subject Stigma en_US
dc.title Weight Loss Surgery: A Study in Stigma and Deviance en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Mertig, Angela en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Eller, Jackie en_US
dc.thesis.degreelevel Masters en_US
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.subject.umi Sociology en_US M.A. en_US
dc.contributor.department Sociology en_US

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