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'The only chance of a normal weight life': A qualitative analysis of online forum discussions about bariatric surgery

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posted by Research Admin on 31 October 2018

In this cross-sectional observation study the authors describe shared values, feelings, and thoughts among visitors to a web-based forum for those undergoing bariatric surgery.

Four themes were established during data analysis: a) A new life-anticipating dramatic changes of body and mind; b) Negotiating the system and playing the waiting game; c) A means to an end-managing the pre-operative diet; and d) Managing the attitudes of others. The results of the study show that those who posted on the forum had high, often unrealistic, expectations of how the surgery would change their lives, and the authors conclude that it is important that professionals who encounter this group are aware of this tendency so support can be provided.

This is an open access article and can be read in free full text at: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0206066

Willmer, M. and Salzmann-Erikson, M. (2018). 'The only chance of a normal weight life': A qualitative analysis of online forum discussions about bariatric surgery. PLoS One, 13(10):e0206066.