What is already known about this subject
- • There is a discrepancy between clinical and patient goals for weight loss.
- • Evidence suggests that some bariatric patients highly value, and are willing to endure hardships for weight loss.
- • Obesity is commonly framed as an easily reversed and individual problem, which in turn promotes weight discrimination.
What this study adds
- • Patient beliefs about weight loss are in accordance with social understandings of obesity but not with current treatment options.
- • Patients may not be willing to endure hardships for weight loss.
- • Weight discrimination may relate to how patients approach weight loss.