Exploring the perspectives of obese adolescent girls.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

To understand obese adolescent girls' perspectives regarding their weight and health we studied video intervention/prevention assessment audiovisual narratives created by 14 obese girls ages 12 to 20 years. The narratives included interviews, monologues, and daily activities. Themes included illness conceptualizations, health concerns, health misinformation, and distress regarding appearance deriving from both within and without. The predominant theme was ambivalence about obesity. Close examination of these themes revealed potential footholds for intervention. Sensitive exploration of issues such as appearance and psychosocial distress might strengthen the patient-clinician partnership in identifying a patient's strengths and motivating weight loss.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Chung, RJ; Sherman, L; Goodman, E; Bickham, DS; Rich, M

Published Date

  • October 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 23 / 10

Start / End Page

  • 1369 - 1376

PubMed ID

  • 24043347

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1049-7323

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1049732313505777


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States