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University West, Department of Health Sciences, Nursing Programme.
University West, Department of Health Sciences, Nursing Programme.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Adolescent's experience of their overweight and obesity (English)
Abstract [en]

Background: Overweight and obesity is increasing among children and adolescents. Only in Sweden, overweight among adolescents has increased twice as much during the past few years. It's a global problem and it particularly affects many low- and middle-income countries. Adolescents with overweight and obesity run a higher risk of developing chronic diseases as adults; such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and orthopedic problems. Aim: The aim of this study is to highlight adolescent's experience of their overweight and obesity. Method: A literature-based study was made of 10 qualitative articles. The articles were analyzed using the Friberg (2012) method.

Result: Adolescents with overweight and obesity had different experiences depending on the situation they were in. For some the experience of the body was different at home and at school. Young people often experienced an acceptance of their body at home, which they didn't at school. Sports lessons were a big problem for many. Gender could also have an impact; both positive and negative. Food situation was often perceived as problematic. Many young people experienced both a physical concern over their health and mental worry of not being accepted in the social context. Conclusion: Overweight and obesity have a negative effect on many young people physically, mentally and socially. Many adolescents suffer physical difficulties in everyday life. Overweight and obesity can cause problems in social situations and this can lead to young people experience anxiety and depression. Many adolescents also experience exclusion and being judged in social situations.

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2015. , 19 p.
Keyword [en]
Adolescent, adolescent’s perspective, experience, obesity, overweight
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-8851Local ID: EXO502OAI: diva2:889329
Subject / course
Nursing science
Educational program
Available from: 2015-12-28 Created: 2015-12-23 Last updated: 2015-12-28Bibliographically approved

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