PhD researcher Stuart Leske’s study, ‘Beliefs about dieting, healthy eating and weight control‘, aims to find out what factors influence a person’s decisions about whether or not to diet.
“We know that when some people want to improve their eating habits they choose to follow a diet and restrict calorie intake whereas others will strictly avoid counting calories and focus on eating healthy food,” he said.
“For instance, some people might focus on reducing calories to lose weight while others try to increase their fruit and vegetable intake without monitoring their weight.
“We want to understand what influences someone to adopt a certain approach.”
He said while women have signed up to take part in the study, men were more difficult to find.
“Much of the research into dieting and healthy eating has been conducted with women and we’re really looking for men to take part in this study so we can work out what factors motivate them to change their diet.”
He said successfully addressing weight problems usually involved long-term changes to lifestyle, and the chances of long-term weight management were improved when people engaged in these changes themselves.
Mr Leske said questions asked participants how often they had dieted, whether they want to control their weight and how they felt when dieting or eating healthy food.
He said previous research findings indicated that a range of factors influenced people’s approach to healthy eating, including:
•The goals a person wishes to achieve
•Explanations for diets failing
•Adopting a short or long-term view of change
•The degree to which someone is influenced by others
•Attitudes towards diets
•A person’s confidence in and knowledge of different approaches to eating.
“The information we uncover will help health professionals understand why different approaches to healthy eating are taken and indicate who may be more likely to choose a particular approach,” Mr Leske said.
Mr Leske is looking for males aged 18 years or over to take part in the study which involves the completion of two anonymous online surveys one month apart. The first survey will take approximately 25-30 minutes to complete while the second will take about five minutes.
Participants will also go into a draw for one of three iPad minis valued at $369 each.
If you would like to participate in this study, please follow this link to the study site:
Alternatively, contact Stuart Leske by phone on (07) 3138 4685 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a mail-out survey if you are unable to complete the survey online.
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