An Exploratory Study on Appearance Related Quality-of-Life of Obese Korean Men

한국 비만남성들의 외모 관련 삶의 질에 대한 탐색적 연구

  • Received : 2015.04.10
  • Accepted : 2015.08.17
  • Published : 2015.12.31


This study explored various issues related to the quality-of-life for obese Korean men. In-depth interviews were conducted with thirty men over BMI 25 whose age ranged from 20's to 50's. Projective techniques along with semi-structured interviews were used. The results of interviews were analyzed based on grounded theory. "Stress" was the main phenomenon resulting from the causal conditions of obesity and stigma. Stress consisted of social, psychological, physical and environmental factors. Contextual conditions mediating the relationship between causal conditions and main phenomenon were obesity level, pressure, and public appearance. Avoidance, change of personal traits, and insensitivity were the action/reactions to the main phenomenon. Various factors due to obesity disappeared and quality-of-life increased when they succeed in weight reduction; however, factors related to obesity and lowered condition of quality-of-life continued if they experienced a weight gain/loss yo-yo.


Obese men;Quality-of-life;Stress;Grounded theory


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