IMR Press / JOMH / Volume 15 / Issue 3 / DOI: 10.22374/jomh.v15i3.102

Journal of Men’s Health (JOMH) is published by IMR Press from Volume 17 Issue 1 (2021). Previous articles were published by another publisher on a subscription basis, and they are hosted by IMR Press on as a courtesy and upon agreement with Dougmar Publishing Group.

Original Research


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1 Touro University Worldwide, Edith Neumann School of Health and Human Services, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Los Alamitos, CA, USA
2 Moore Organization for Obesity Research and Education Laboratories, I AM MOORE, LLC, Columbus, GA, USA
3 California School of Professional Psychology, Couple and Family Therapy Program, Alliant International University, San Francisco, CA, USA
4 Fort Valley State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Biology Academic Department, Fort Valley, GA, USA
5 Neuroscience and Bioengineering Laboratories, College of Arts and Sciences, Biology Academic Department, Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, GA, USA

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.

J. Mens. Health 2019, 15(3), 56–70;
Submitted: 18 September 2018 | Accepted: 23 May 2019 | Published: 16 September 2019

Background and objective

Researchers have suggested that while bariatric surgery is the most effective treatment for morbid obesity, patients still experience difficulties in maintaining initial weight loss, over time. The purpose of this study was to explore men’s experiences after 6 or more years of weight loss surgery.

Material and methods

Utilizing qualitative research, the authors conducted a 6-year follow-up investigation to a previous study regarding life after bariatric surgery among male patients. In this study, the authors completed 13 semi-structured interviews with male bariatric patients and explored their lived experiences as individuals and as partners within couple relationships.


The study found three emerging themes: (1) weight loss as a struggle, (2) fading support and feeling alone, and (3) perceptions of marriage and family therapists.


This discusses clinical implications and recommendations for marriage and family therapists and other allied health professionals who may work with males transitioning beyond the initial phase of the weight loss surgical process to include continued social support and utilizing a relational perspective for male patients.

weight loss
bariatric surgery
male patients
qualitative research
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