Weight loss & body identity
Monday, February 28, 2011
This semester I'm taking a performance studies seminar on performance autoethonography, and I'm currently working on a project on body identity after weight loss. Even though I lost 50 pounds and have kept most of it off for over a year, it's still hard for me to relate to my new body; when I look in the mirror I see myself as still being 189 rather than the 144 I'm at right now. It's an interesting habit I've noticed, so I think it'll make a good research project because there's not a lot of studies out about body image and identity after weight loss.
Part of my project involves telling my own story, but part of it also involves interviewing other people and telling their stories too. Once I've collected my interview data (identities will be coded to protect privacy), I will use the data to create a performance piece that will be performed for my class at the end of the semester. Depending on how the project goes, I may continue my research and develop it into my thesis.
If you are interested in being part of my project, send me a SM and I'll send you more information, including a written consent form. I'm looking to interview people who have lost at least 50 pounds. I can either email a copy of my interview questions to those who are interested, or we can arrange a time to interview over Skype. I'm also asking for participants around my campus and community, but since SparkPeople has been such an important part of my weight loss and maintenance success, I thought I would see if there are others around the site who have had similar experiences.
If you're interested or have questions about my project, please let me know! I'm hoping to have the interviews completed by about the beginning of April.
Thanks for your help,