Exploring the socio-ecological factors behind the (in)active lifestyles of Spanish post-bariatric surgery patients
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Purpose: Physical activity (PA) is considered essential for the treatment of morbid obesity and the optimization of bariatric surgery outcomes. The objective of this article was to identify the facilitators and barriers that bariatric patients perceived to do PA one year after finishing a PA programme for the promotion of a long-term active lifestyle. This objective was addressed from a socio-ecological and qualitative perspective. Methods: Nine patients (eight women and one man), aged between 31 and 59 years, participated in semi-structured interviews directly following the PA programme and one year after it. A content analysis was carried out to analyze the qualitative data. Results: Weight loss, improvement of physical fitness, perceived competence, and enjoyment were the main facilitators of PA. Complexes related to skin folds, osteoarthritis, perceived unfavourable weather conditions, lack of social support and economic resources, long workdays, lack of specific PA programmes, and other passive leisure preferences were the main barriers to participate in PA. Conclusions: Results highlight the important interplay between personal, social environmental, and physical environmental factors to explain (in)active behaviours of bariatric patients. The findings of this article could be useful for future research and interventions aimed at promoting PA in bariatric patients.
International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being;
Beltrán-Carrillo, V., Jiménez-Loaisa, A., Jennings, G., González-Cutre, D., Navarro-Espejo, N. & Cervelló, E. (2019) 'Exploring the socio-ecological factors behind the (in)active lifestyles of Spanish post-bariatric surgery patients', International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 14(1). DOI: 10.1080/17482631.2019.1626180
Article published in International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being on 12 June 2019 (online), available open access at: https://doi.org/10.1080/17482631.2019.1626180.
Cardiff Metropolitan University (Grant ID: Cardiff Metropolian (Internal))
This study was supported by the Fundación MAPFRE and the Escuela de Estudios Universitarios Real Madrid-Universidad Europea de Madrid (UEM2.11X)
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