Friday, September 12, 2008

Take a survey, help eating-related research

The invitation below comes from a graduate student at the University of Maryland. Please correspond directly with her if you have questions. Take the survey and help add to what we know about eating.


TO ALL WHO WROTE IN: The link has been fixed now. Thanks for letting me know!


Do you love food? Can you often “out-eat” most of your friends? If the answer to either of these questions is “yes,” you may be a great candidate to take my survey.

My name is Colleen Schreyer, and I am a grad student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. I am doing my master’s thesis on individuals who are able to eat a lot of food, and genuinely enjoy eating. I am also looking at individuals who are able to eat a lot of food, and perhaps don’t feel so good about it. I have an online survey that takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. All participants are entered in a drawing to win an Apple Ipod. Your answers are completely confidential, and I have approval from my university to conduct this research. If you would be willing to check out the survey, please click on thIS link. All and any help is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, please email me- Thanks so much for your time!


April D said...

I'm intrigued to find out what the researcher plans to do with the results of the survey. Aside from the amusing repetition of some of the questions some of them seemed poorly worded and a few sections had no "Not at all" response to select.

Anonymous said...

I felt the same way. I mean, few of the food options represented my vegan diet; none of the body representations were large enough to be mine or shaped like I am; some of the questions asked about things like dating and sex, of which I have no experience!

Anonymous said...

That researcher's gonna be so confused, with all the fat-pos HAES people and then my underweight ass, which hovers around a 17 bmi yet I binge/emotional eat on a regular basis. None of my questions were about dating or sex, though I got asked about missed periods (nope) and puking (nope).

Joe Bloggs said...

I tried to complete the survey but it just didn't represent me, which seems a shame.

Harriet said...

I'm posting these comments because I think they're helpful feedback to the grad student who designed and is running this study. This is how we learn, from feedback!

Anonymous said...

One more thing: When posting a survey online it is generally a good idea to consider that not all respondents might be American (actually it is likely that at least some respondents will have a different nationality and not live in the US). I have participated in online surveys many times - they usually ask about race, but culture/ nationality is just an important factor and it can really screw up your data not to take it into account. (I do research myself and I have seen it screw up data.)

@Vidya: I am not vegan, but I am vegetarian, and very few of the food choices shown represented anything close to what I would eat (other than the meat, I practically never eat fries or drink so soda, for example). However, the way I understood the survey I was supposed to choose what best represented the amounts of food I usually eat (as measured by calorie content), not the kind of foods. Still, that's kind of hard to do, since it's difficult to guess which of the foods represented are equivalent to what I eat calorie wise if the nature of foods represented is so different to what I would choose. Also, if you don't eat at fast food restaurants you don't have any idea how big their serving sizes are - at least I don't have an idea.

@ AprilD: Yeah, the scale anchors were really off - you should always have a "not at all" or "completely" option, and for questions concerning subjects such as dating (or even questions concerning your parents since not everyone grows up with a father and a mother) there should be "does not apply" options.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I was confused by what was meant by "similar" to foods I would eat. I mean, a bowl of vegan chili might be similar in quantity to a meaty one, but not similar in nutritional terms. Also, it generally takes a larger quantity of vegan food to fill you up because of the differences in density and protein levels.

Yes, the assumption of American nationality was problematic for me too.

I also had a hard time responding to questions about eating in solitude -- I often avoid in eating public because of the harassment I receive, not because of shame.

Fat Bastardo said...

I took the survey and I think the results will not be accurate.