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Extreme Weight Loss – Life Before and After Bariatric Surgery - NYU Press Scholarship Online
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Extreme Weight Loss: Life Before and After Bariatric Surgery

Sarah Trainer, Alexandra Brewis, and Amber Wutich


With accelerating obesity and chronic disease rates worldwide, weight loss has emerged as a central concern in medical and public health efforts to improve health. Managing weight is also a very personal concern for many individuals in their effort to conform to thin social body norms in countries like the United States. Surgical weight-loss techniques (bariatric surgeries) currently are the most effective means to lose massive weight quickly, but they are not uncontroversial. This book reflects four years of ethnographic study by three anthropologists, listening to and learning from patients ... More

Keywords: obesity, stigma, weight, bariatric surgery, ethnography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781479894970
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479894970.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Trainer, author
Seattle University

Alexandra Brewis, author
Arizona State University

Amber Wutich, author
Arizona State University

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