This thesis is a description of the use of mindfulness in a weight loss intervention course, and are based on a formulation of the problem as follows: "How does overweight individuals perceive to live in a society, where norms are based on how much you weigh? How is body and identity perceived by overweight individuals and which effect does mindfulness have on this perception? If any? In which way do overweight individuals experience the use of mindfulness to accomplish a change of lifestyle with the intension of losing weight, compared to previous attempts to lose weight?" The empirical data have been found through participation observations throughout an eight week long course in weight loss which uses mindfulness meditation techniques and also through interviews with four participants. The themes extracted from the empirical data and used in the analysis is as follows: 1) The origins of overweight; 2) The relationship to food; 3) The motivation for losing weight; 4) Previous weight loss attempts; 5) Stress; 6) The relationship with the self; 7) Identity and stigma; 8) The participants experience with the use of mindfulness. In this investigation it has been found that secular use of mindfulness techniques has a positive effect on weight loss attempt in overweight individuals. It has shown that mindfulness helps overweight individuals reduce the intake of food, make them more aware of themselves, helps them make healthy choices and accept themselves and the situation that they are in among other positive outcomes.
|Uddannelser||Sundhedsfremme og Sundhedsstrategier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) KandidatPsykologi, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||29 jun. 2015|
|Vejledere||Rashmi Singla & Bjarne Jakobsen|