I have been really REALLY busy at work, so I am just posting a quick request that I received from someone via email. It seems legit to me, so please feel free to participate if this applies to you:
I’ve only tried mountain biking once, but I really liked it. You’ve inspired me to give it another go (I’ll start with a rental though). I found your blog through a Google search on fitness bloggers. I’m a clinical psychology doctoral student interested in learning more about the experiences of those whose partners (at least sometimes) interfere with their weight loss efforts. I’m writing to ask for your help recruiting the last few volunteers I need to finish my PhD.
I’m sure that many of your readers probably experience partner undermining at some time. With your help, I’d like to ask them to share their insight with me. Many people who have taken the survey have written to thank me for bringing this topic to light. My long term aim is to develop a couples-level intervention to address partner undermining directly through building acceptance and deeper understanding.
You might have seen these posts on my research study by obesity physician, Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, http://www.weightymatters.ca/2012/01/help-with-research-plea-spousal.html, or the Survival Guide for Mom’s post: http://guideformoms.blogspot.com/2012/03/is-your-partner-sabotaging-your-weight.html
Would you please post about my study on your blog? All the information about the anonymous, online survey is hosted here at my university’s website: http://surveys.clarku.edu/Survey.aspx?s=aab073a40aa64a55a2ad7a0f72c7ea0a
This survey is designed for those who can answer yes to the following questions:
- Have you been participating in a weight loss program for the last 5 consecutive weeks?
- Have you been in a committed, cohabitating relationship for the last two years?
- Do you ever feel like your current partner/spouse gets in the way of your weight loss?
Besides helping to advance scientific inquiry on this topic, each participant who completes the survey may also select to have $1 donated by the researcher to the participant’s choice of 1 of these 5 charities: Playworks, The Carter Center, Teach for America, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, or MAP International. Additionally, participants may opt to enter a drawing for 1 of 10 gift cards (one $100 card and nine $25 cards).
Her identity can be verified through Clark University’s website: http://www.clarku.edu/departments/psychology/people/gradstudents.cfm or here: http://www.clarku.edu/research/coupleslab/whop.htm
I do believe this is a major problem. I know a friend of mine who always wanted to lose weight. At one point, he had a girlfriend who brought him a pecan pie while he was on a diet for actually no reason at all. It seem to me like a case of “As long as you are fat, you can’t find anyone else – so you have to stay with me”. Anyway, participate here, will ya?