Acıbadem Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Dergisi 2020 , Vol 11, Issue 4
A Comparison of Life Quality and Attitude Towards Obesity Between People Who Get a Diagnosis of Obesity and Get Rid of Obesity: Qualitative Study
Sevcan Karataş1,Nurcan Hamzaoğlu2
1İstanbul Yeni Yüzyıl Üniversitesi, Sağlık Hizmetleri Meslek Yüksek Okulu, İstanbul, Türkiye
2İstanbul Yeni Yüzyıl Üniversitesi, Sağlık Bilimleri Enstitüsü, İstanbul, Türkiye
DOI : 10.31067/0.2020.311 Objectives: The purpose of this study is to compare life quality and attitude towards obesity between people who get a diagnosis of obesity and get rid of obesity.

Methods: The sampling universe for this study consisted of people who live in Istanbul, get a diagnosis of obesity and get rid of obesity. The subject of the study has been assigned to the purposive sampling method, 15 people who got diagnosed with obesity and 15 people that got rid of obesity. In-depth interview techniques were carried out to collect data. Two different information forms were applied to two groups. The demographical information form that has the same 11 questions was created by us and implemented for the groups. In addition, the two different forms that include different three open-ended questions were implemented for two groups. The inductive analysis technique used to analyse the data obtained.

Results: As a result of the in-depth interviews, when asked to the 15 participants how obesity affects their life, 80% of them mentioned only psychosocial effects. When asked about the factors that cause obesity; 67% said that it originates from personal factors such as excessive eating and sedentary lifestyle, but 33% said that it originates from secondary factors like the usage of various medicines and physical environmental conditions. All participants (N=15) pointed out to have been affected by the psychosocial factors to get rid of obesity. But, when asked what changes in their lives after getting rid of obesity; they defined to increase in self-esteem for decreasing psychosocial pressures and increase physiological quality.

Conclusion: As a result, the life of obese participants is adversely affected by psychosocial and physiological aspects. The participants have indicated personal and secondary factors that caused them to be overweight. It is impressive for participants to attempt to get rid of obesity for only psychosocial factors, but they defined that they felt relieved psychologically and realised that they are about to lose their health after getting rid of obesity. Keywords : obesity, healthy lifestyle, life quality, get rid of obesity