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    Stories of Suffering and Success: Men’s Embodied Narratives following Bariatric Surgery.Karen Synne Groven, Birgitte Ahlsen & Steve Robertson - 2018 - Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology 18 (1):1-14.
    This paper draws on research exploring how men narrate their long-term experiences of Weight Loss Surgery [WLS] and is specifically focused on findings relating to male embodiment. Whilst there is concern about increasing obesity and the possible role of bariatric [WLS] surgery in ameliorating this, there has been little research to date exploring men’s longer-term experiences of this. For the purposes of the present study, interviews were conducted with five men who had undergone bariatric surgery at least four years previously. (...)
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    Teenage Girlhood and Bodily Agency: On Power, Weight, Dys-Appearance and Eu-Appearance in a Norwegian Lifestyle Programme.Karen Synne Groven & Kristin Zeiler - 2018 - Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology 18 (1):15-28.
    Despite the growing literature on childhood obesity and lifestyle intervention programmes focusing on weight loss, few studies have examined young persons’ experiences of being identified as candidates for such programmes and of participating in them. This paper does so. Juxtaposing insights from phenomenology with an approach inspired by Foucault, the paper shows how teenage girls’ bodily self-perception and bodily self-awareness are shaped in intercorporeal assemblages comprising other people and specific features or elements of the lifestyle programme. Inspired by van Manen’s (...)
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    A suffering body, hidden away from others: The experience of being long‐term bedridden with severe myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome in childhood and adolescence.Silje Helen Krabbe, Wenche Schrøder Bjorbækmo, Anne Marit Mengshoel, Unni Sveen & Karen Synne Groven - forthcoming - Nursing Inquiry:e12625.
    In this article, we present findings from a qualitative study examining how young women experience being long‐term bedridden with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), also known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), during childhood and adolescence. The aim is to explore how young women who fell ill with ME/CFS during childhood and adolescence look back on their lived experience of being long‐term bedridden from the vantage point of being fully or partially recovered. Informed by a phenomenological theoretical perspective, the researchers applied a narrative (...)
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    Negotiating options in weight-loss surgery: “Actually I didn't have any other option”.Karen Synne Groven & Gunn Engelsrud - 2016 - Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 19 (3):361-370.
    In this study we explore how a selection of Norwegian women account for their decision to undergo weight loss surgery. We argue that women’s descriptions of their experiences leading up to this choice of action illuminate issues regarding social norms of bodily appearance and personal responsibility. The starting point is women’s own experiences within a cultural context in which opting for WLS often attracts moral scrutiny. Inspired by Merleau-Ponty’s notion of consciousness as embodied and de Beauvoir’s ideas concerning women’s situation, (...)
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    Practising Physical Activity Following Weight-Loss Surgery: The Significance of Joy, Satisfaction, and Well-Being.Karen Synne Groven, Målfrid Råheim & Eli Natvik - 2017 - Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology 17 (2):1-10.
    While health care professionals advise those who have undergone weight loss surgery to increase their levels of physical activity, research suggests that often this is not achieved. This paper explores the experiences of ten Norwegian women as they engaged in physical activity several years after weight loss surgery. In contrast to the existing literature, which explores physical activity post-WLS largely in terms of quantitative data and measurable outcomes, the present study sought to explore women’s lived experiences of physical activity, including (...)
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    Weight loss surgery as a tool for changing lifestyle?Karen Synne Groven, Målfrid Råheim, Jean Braithwaite & Gunn Engelsrud - 2013 - Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 16 (4):699-708.
    This article critically explores the tension between perceptions of weight loss surgery as a last resort and as a tool. This tension stems from patients’ doubt and insecurity whether expectations for a healthy life will come through. Thus, even after surgery, traditional weight loss methods, including diets and exercise, are considered paramount. Drawing on a series of interviews with Norwegian women, we argue that the commercialization of weight loss surgeries as well as the moral stigmas attached to such operations serve (...)
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    Dis-appearance and dys-appearance anew: living with excess skin and intestinal changes following weight loss surgery. [REVIEW]Karen Synne Groven, Målfrid Råheim & Gunn Engelsrud - 2013 - Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 16 (3):507-523.
    The aim of this article is to explore bodily changes following weight loss surgery. Our empirical material is based on individual interviews with 22 Norwegian women. To further analyze their experiences, we build primarily on the phenomenologist Drew Leder`s distinction between bodily dis-appearance and dys-appearance. Additionally, our analysis is inspired by Simone de Beauvoir, Merleau-Ponty and Julia Kristeva. Although these scholars have not directed their attention to obesity operations, they occupy a prime framework for shedding light on different dimensions of (...)
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