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To be or not to be active – a matter of attitudes and social support?: Women’s perceptions of physical activity five years after Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass surgery
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2019 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, ISSN 1748-2623, E-ISSN 1748-2631, Vol. 14, no 1, article id 1612704Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Purpose: Despite positive health advantages of post-surgery physical activity (PA) for bariatric surgery patients, the majority is not sufficiently physically active. The aim was to explore women’s perceptions and experiences concerning PA five years after Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (RYGB) surgery.

Methods: Eleven women were interviewed five years post-surgery. Grounded Theory approach was applied.

Results: The core-category “Attitudes and surrounding environment influence activity levels” includes three attitudes towards PA: “Positive attitudes”, “Shifting attitudes” and “Negative attitudes”. Participants with a positive attitude were regularly physically active, felt supported and proud of their achievements. Contrary, participants with a negative attitude didn’t prioritize PA, didn’t feel supported and saw no need or benefit of PA. Some participants revealed an on-off behaviour, hovering between the attitudes of vigorous PA and sedentary lifestyle, without sustainable balance. The majority mostly viewed PA as a mean to lose weight.

Conclusion: The level of perceived post-surgery PA was related to the participants’ attitudes towards PA and whether or not they had a supportive environment. These findings might explain why bariatric surgery patients often fail to be sufficiently active post-surgery, and highlight the need for prolonged support and motivational interventions to promote sustainable PA post-bariatric surgery.

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Taylor & Francis, 2019. Vol. 14, no 1, article id 1612704
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Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, bariatric surgery, physical activity, attitudes, social support, interviews, qualitative, grounded theory
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-158877DOI: 10.1080/17482631.2019.1612704ISI: 000467709800001PubMedID: 31072238Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85065704093OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-158877DiVA, id: diva2:1315343
Available from: 2019-05-13 Created: 2019-05-13 Last updated: 2019-06-18Bibliographically approved

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