Obesity Surgery: Stories Of Altered Lives (Hardcover)

By: Meana, Marta; Ricciardi, Lindsey

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Obesity is a major national health problem, and science has been developing a number of ways to address it. The most revolutionary is surgical intervention to alter the gastrointestinal system so that less food/nutrients can be consumed and/or absorbed. People who undergo this surgery usually experience drastic weight loss and dramatic health improvements. They also discover a new sense of self and face challenges often unimaginable when they were obese.Using in-depth, first person accounts of 33 men and women who underwent weight-loss surgery, this book elaborates on the complexities of finally getting what you wished for-- the good, the bad, and the totally unexpected.We live in a culture fascinated by physical make-overs, but no one talks about their psychological consequences. Losing a lot of weight is perhaps the most extreme make-over of all. It leaves people emotionally changed, and these changes are the heart of this book.The fascinating narratives contain important lessons for individuals considering or having had the surgery and for those who try to help them. It is simply a story of how finally getting what you've always wished for can be much more complicated affair than you ever imagined.

Title: Obesity Surgery: Stories Of Altered Lives (Hardcover)

Author Name: Meana, Marta; Ricciardi, Lindsey

Categories: Other,

Publisher: U.S.A., University of Nevada Press: 2008

ISBN Number: 0874177391

ISBN Number 13: 9780874177398

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fair

Jacket Condition: Good

Type: Book

Seller ID: 025016

Description: Fair condition. No interior writing or highlighting. Cover has bending. Obesity Surgery: Stories Of Altered Lives (Hardcover) By Meana, Marta; Ricciardi, Lindsey Product Description The surprising and unpredictable story of the personal and social after-effects of rapid and dramatic weight loss. Using in-depth, first person accounts of 33 men and women who underwent weight-loss surgery, this book elaborates on the complexities of finally getting what you wished for - the good, the bad, and the totally unexpected. Suddenly being treated well by previously dismissive strangers is embraced by some, yet it angers others who question a kindness reserved only for the non-obese. Attention from the opposite sex is both flattering and scary, as many have little experience dealing with such advances. Marriages and relationships are rocked for better and for worse, as jealousy, insecurity and shifting roles jolt previously stable dynamics. All the changes provoke a re-evaluation of who one is and what one values. This is the story of how dramatic weight loss can result in personal growth, with all of its attendant joys and painful challenges. We live in a culture fascinated by physical make-overs, but no one talks about their psychological consequences. Losing a lot of weight is perhaps the most extreme make-over of all. It leaves people emotionally changed. These changes are the heart of our book. The fascinating narratives contain important lessons for individuals considering or having had the surgery and for those who try to help them. The material will be of personal significance to the lay-person but it is also a guide for health providers in the design of pre- and post-operative support interventions. At a more basic level, it is simply a story of how finally getting what you've always wished for can be much more complicated affair than you ever imagined. Product Details Hardcover: 288 pages Publisher: University of Nevada Press (March 28, 2008) Language: English ISBN-10: 0874177391 ISBN-13: 978-0874177398 Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches

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