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“Why the scale goes up again?” a socio-ecological exploration of weight loss challenges among female university students

Ibrahim, Ayat and Rais, Haniza (2019) “Why the scale goes up again?” a socio-ecological exploration of weight loss challenges among female university students. IIUM Journal of Educational Studies, 7 (2). pp. 56-72. ISSN 2289-8085

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The purpose of this study was to explore the weight management and weight maintenance challenges experienced by obese female university students through a support group that acted as an intervention programme. The study is a phenomenological research involving four female students of a public university in Malaysia who were having problems with weight loss. They were selected with three inclusion criteria: female, had a body mass index of ≥ 30 kgm-2 and was currently seeking or had previously tried a method of losing weight. Interview protocols were used to guide interaction in the support group, and data were collected from regular focus group discussions occurring in the support group, journal writing, and products of the support group activities. Verbatims were transcribed and “meaning units” were derived from significant overlapping ideas. Using the socio-ecological model, the challenges of weight management among the participants were identified to exist at the individual, interpersonal and community levels. Of these three, the individual level was noted to have the most prominent number of challenge factors caused by poor self-control and the participants’ psychological states. Various issues related to poor self-control were the most frequently occurring themes among the participants who wanted to lose weight. In view of the findings, counsellors, dietitians or healthcare providers need to consider counselling techniques that can empower clients to manage their thoughts and emotions effectively as this will increase their self-efficacy in self- control.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 1798/81750
Uncontrolled Keywords: Weight loss, weight management, challenges in sustainable weight loss, poor self- control, sabotaging thoughts, socio-ecological model
Subjects: K Law > KBP Islamic Law > KBP1 Islamic law.Shariah.Fiqh > KBP490 Furūʻ al-fiqh. Substantive law. Branches of law. > KBP3075 Public health
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Education > Department of Educational Psychology & Counseling
Kulliyyah of Education
Depositing User: AP Dr Haniza Rais
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2020 09:57
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2020 09:57
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/81750

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