I am] d approach that I will you use Phenomenology Phenomenology research is best suited for the proposed study because it corresponds with the study question. A phenomological study focuses on the explanation of people’s experiences and how those experiences affect them on a personal view. The study probes to find out the main underlying reason or meaning of the experience or the invariant structure. It therefore, emphasizes on the intentionality of perception in situations where experiences have both inward and outward consciousness basing on meaning, memory, and image (Crasswell, 1998, p. 71).
How will you access participants?
I will be able to access my study participants through face-to-face interviews and carrying out observations. Since previous studies reveal that women above 30 are the most affected by this phenomenon, this study will focus on women above 30 years around 75 percent of the sample. The other 25 percent will comprise of women below the age of 30. To access obese women above 30 years, the study will be conducted in major hospitals, social clubs, gymnasium, and supermarket parking lots. The intended outcome is to get the bulk of the sample from hospitals, gymnasium, social clubs, and supplement with data from the parking lot study.
What sampling approach that i will you use.
The sampling approach to will be quota sampling. Quota sampling approach the design focusses on a specific number of people with specified characteristics that are consistent with the participants. This approach will be adopted because of available knowledge on groups of women that are affected, therefore need to focus on this group, which is women above 30 years.
What data will you collect and how many?
Observation and interviews will be used to collect the data required for the study. The interview sessions will be carried out on a daily basis with a target to interview at least three obese women. The observation will also be carried out on a daily basis on a chosen sample group from gymnasiums and social clubs. The main data that will be collected includes stigmatisation, family history, medical history, social life, and how they are controlling the solutions. To find out all this the questions to be asked will be as follows:
Interview questions
1. How do you feel about your present condition?
2. When did you realise that you are having weight issues?
3. Have you accepted being in this condition?
4. How has your present condition affected your social status?
5. Do you know what the cause of your condition is?
6. What opinion have you been given by health experts?
7. What are you currently doing to manage the condition?
8. How many times in a year do you get weight related complications?
9. Have you ever been hospitalised because of your current situation?
10. Does your present condition affect the people around you, how?
11. If you are facing stigmatisation, have you joined any peer self help group?
12. How has your family been affected with the condition?
13. How does the condition affect your work?
14. Have you joined any program to help you control your present situation such as a sport or exercise class?
15. Does your present condition affect your eating habits?
16. How much time do you spend trying to control your present condition?
17. How much do you spend in terms of finance on trying to control you condition?
18. What is your advice to other women that are facing this risk?
Ethical issues and problems that I foresee.
Obesity is a controversial issue in the society, therefore, a lot of caution needs to be used while approaching these target groups of women and ensure that none is offended.
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