Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The experiences of self-guided weight loss among obese men
by Whetstone, Laura, Ph.D., Capella University, 2015, 131; 3724951
Abstract (Summary)

Obesity has risen at a significant rate over the last 20 years. By 2015, an estimated 2.3 billion adults will be categorized as overweight, and over 700 million will be considered obese. Obesity is recognized as a global health epidemic and is associated with many negative consequences to physical health, emotional health, and psychological well-being. The negative emotional impact of obesity is greater for adolescent girls than for boys, although the research into the impact on boys is scarce. Prior to this study, little was known about the experiences of previously obese men who achieved and maintained weight loss through self-guided approaches. The problem this phenomenological study addressed were the experiences of obese men who had successfully employed self-guided weight loss approaches. Understanding male dieters’ experiences with self-guided weight loss methods and how they relate to self-blame and self-efficacy may help to inform future research and weight loss interventions. The lived experiences of seven men, aged 35 to 60 were investigated for this phenomenological study. The confidential, one-on-one interviews revealed the following 14 themes: childhood weight issues, hiding and social withdrawal, developing new habits and routines, healthier food and nutrition, Weight Watchers, exercise and physical activity, motivation, determination, personal responsibility and self-reliance, self-efficacy, self-reliance, self-control, self-image, negative affect, unhealthy eating habits, denial, family history of weight issues, past failures, and lack of support. Data indicated male participants preferred self-guided weight loss interventions, but success was contingent upon their self-efficacy. Study results provide weight loss specialists with practical recommendations and important direction for future research.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gulish Beckham, Laurel
Commitee: Fahoum, Yousef, Morgan Gardner, Inglish
School: Capella University
Department: School of Public Service Leadership
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-B 77/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Nutrition, Kinesiology, Behavioral Sciences, Cognitive psychology, Gender studies
Keywords: Body mass index, Obesity, Overweight, Self-efficacy, Self-guided, Weight management
Publication Number: 3724951
ISBN: 978-1-339-08777-1
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