Body image in women undergone bariatric surgery: Sociocultural interactions
AbstractListed as a global epidemic obesity is being treated through bariatric surgery, that is a more invasivemethod, however, considered the most efficient. Thus, this study aimed to investigate socio-culturalaspects and their impact on body image of women who underwent bariatric surgery in pre and postsurgeryperiods. We interviewed 20 women who underwent gastroplasty for at least one year in theService Control Hypertension Diabetes and Obesity (SCHDO). Data were analyzed from a qualitativeperspective and submitted to Content Analysis. The interaction between body image and socio-culturalcontext were configured in the follow categories: discrimination, perception of other’s gaze before andafter surgery, and own body´s perception before and after surgery. It was found that body image wasdrawn from the environment that the research group had lived. The external environment has providedto the subjects some feelings such as body inadequacy, sadness, social exclusion and inferiority, resultingin a negative self-concept. These feelings were minimized after bariatric surgery, providing to the groupa positive self-concept, due to a greater social inclusion.
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