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Experience of Obesity, Weight Loss, and Treatment: Qualitative Study of Formerly Obese Persons ***** Their Partners

Chapter One

Overview of the Study

Introduction to the Problem

Purpose of the Study

Need for the Study

Theoretical Framework

Definition of Terms

Research Questions

***** Two

***** about the Problem of Obesity

***** and Poor Self/Body Image

***** and Self-Esteem/Body *****

The Link Between Mind and Body

Psychological Distress on ***** Individual and Within the Marital Relationship

Hypo*****sized Interactional Patterns

***** and the ***** ***** Marital


Obesity and Sexuality in ***** Couple


Obesity ***** Partner Support


Chapter Three

The Research Process

Rationale ***** the Methodology

Semi-Structured Interviews

Population, Setting and Sample




Researcher Information and Biases

Data Collection

Data Analysis

Ethical Considerations

Trustworthiness of ***** Data



Table ***** Appendices

*****. Assent for Participation

Dr. John Gottman's Oral History Interview: Therapist's Rating Form: Critical Dimensions on Which to Rate the Couple

Demographic and Treatment *****

Weight ***** Significant Events: A Subjective Historical Timeline

Subject Explanation to Photo Album Review

Semi-Structured Interview Guide ***** the ********** ***** Participant

Semi-Structured Interview Guide for the non-Obese *****

***** Questions for the Formerly Obese Participant

Journal Questions ***** the non-Obese *****

Joint Photo Album Review Semi-Structured Interview Guide

***** Semi-Structured ***** Guide

Body Mass Index

Participant Demographic Information

***** diet information (Mercy Hospital)



Overview of the Study

Obesity is a problem, not only in the United States, but worldwide, especially within westernized countries. The problem affects both men and women, old ***** young. The causes for obesity are varied, and include (but are not limited to) genetic pred*****position, poor eating habits, the abundant marketing and availability of nutritionally void foods, a sedentary lifestyle, ***** emotional/psychological stressors. The focus ***** this study looks at the experience of obesity and weight loss treatment on the formerly obese individual and his or her partner, regardless of ***** reasons that the individual became obese. ***** intent of the ***** is to identify the particular problems that arise and how *****y affect the couple relationship, thereby increasing public and pr*****essional understanding of this issue. The methodology is a qualitative study that looks at the ***** ***** ***** and ***** experiences of obesity and weight loss from the standpoint of the formerly obese individual, their non-***** ***** and as a *****.

Introduction to the Problem

The term Obesity derives ***** the Greek expression ob-edere, which means over-eating. For centuries, in was considered a matter of gluttony, or craving for food. However, ***** modern definition for ***** has evolved to include considerations for height, *****, age, gender, and waist circumference. Generally, the diagnosis of obesity is derived through ***** use ***** Body Mass Index (BMI) calculations. According ***** the BMI, obesity ***** defined as weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters, equal to or greater than 30. A waist ***** greater ***** 40 ********** f***** men or 35 inches for women also puts a person in the obese


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