Changing tastes: learning hunger and fullness after gastric bypass surgery

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Changing tastes : learning hunger and fullness after gastric bypass surgery . / Hillersdal, Line; Christensen, Bodil Just; Holm, Lotte.

In: Sociology of Health and Illness, Vol. 39, No. 3, 2017, p. 474-487.

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Hillersdal, L, Christensen, BJ & Holm, L 2017, 'Changing tastes: learning hunger and fullness after gastric bypass surgery ', Sociology of Health and Illness, vol. 39, no. 3, pp. 474-487. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9566.12504

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Hillersdal, L., Christensen, B. J., & Holm, L. (2017). Changing tastes: learning hunger and fullness after gastric bypass surgery . Sociology of Health and Illness, 39(3), 474-487. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9566.12504

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Hillersdal L, Christensen BJ, Holm L. Changing tastes: learning hunger and fullness after gastric bypass surgery . Sociology of Health and Illness. 2017;39(3):474-487. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9566.12504

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Hillersdal, Line ; Christensen, Bodil Just ; Holm, Lotte. / Changing tastes : learning hunger and fullness after gastric bypass surgery . In: Sociology of Health and Illness. 2017 ; Vol. 39, No. 3. pp. 474-487.

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