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dc.contributor.authorToft, Bente Skovsby
dc.contributor.authorGalvin, Kathleen
dc.contributor.authorNielsen, Claus Vinther
dc.contributor.authorUhrenfeldt, Lisbeth
dc.identifier.citationToft, B. S., Galvin, K., Nielsen, C. V. & Uhrenfeldt, L. (2020). Being active when living within a large body: experiences during lifestyle intervention. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 15(1): 1736769. doi:en_US
dc.description.abstractBackground: In-depth understanding of the experiences of both well-being and suffering in relation to being severely obese and becoming active through lifestyle intervention is lacking. Aim: to explore and describe adults’ existential experiences of being active, when living within a large body—before and during a lifestyle intervention. Methods: A longitudinal design of repeated individual interviews with 16 adults with BMI ≥40, based on hermeneutic phenomenology, existential philosophy and a theory of well-being was performed. The study was approved by the Danish health authorities. Results: Two dimensions of experiences were found; “Living within a downward spiral” and “Striving for enjoyment and settlement”. The themes describing suffering were: ‘Sense of being thwarted and defeated ‘ and “Tackling energy depletion and impact of sense of self”. The themes describing well-being were: “Hoping for renewal and energised resoluteness” and “Enduring discomfort and feeling safe”. Conclusions: Interacting existential experiences can be facilitators or barriers for physical activity. It seems relevant for health care providers to address the individual’s lifeworld experiences of well-being, lack of well-being and suffering. Well-being as a sense of feeling “at home” when physically active may break down an inactivity spiral. Promoting well-being is a legitimate aim of lifestyle intervention.en_US
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis Groupen_US
dc.rightsNavngivelse 4.0 Internasjonal*
dc.titleBeing active when living within a large body : experiences during lifestyle interventionen_US
dc.typePeer revieweden_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.rights.holder© 2020 The Author(s)en_US
dc.subject.nsiVDP::Medisinske Fag: 700::Helsefag: 800en_US
dc.subject.nsiVDP::Medical disciplines: 700::Health sciences: 800::Community medicine, Social medicine: 801en_US
dc.source.journalInternational Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-beingen_US
dc.description.localcodePaid Open Accessen_US

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