The major question being answered in the study is, “What is the experience of being an insider/outsider in a study regarding men and significant weight loss?” The purpose of the paper is to explore the experience of being both an insider and an outsider, and specifically to discuss how researcher status and self-disclosure emerged and impacted the research process. The methodology used in the research study is narrative inquiry, specifically self-narrative. In the study, membership role status was found to be difficult to define, inherently complex, and arbitrary at times. Additional research on the topic of membership role status is needed and the level of importance should be further explored for the specific population.


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Dr. Darren D. Moore is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Mercer University School of Medicine. He teaches in the Masters’ program in Marriage and Family Therapy. His areas of research interest include: Obesity, weight loss, eating disorders, and addictions. Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to Dr. Darren D. Moore, 655 First Street, Rm 311, Macon, Georgia, 31201. Email: moore_dd@mercer.edu.

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