Briefing

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HELENA WEHLING, DOCTORATE STUDENT IN HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY AT LONDON METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY

Thank you for your participation in this research project. You are invited to take part in a study that is about food-related thoughts in relation to weight, which will take approximately 20 - 30 minutes. Obesity has become a highly concerning health challenge in the UK (Sedghi, 2014) resulting in ever increasing economic burden (Consultancy UK, 2015). Therefore it is crucial to address risk factors associates with weight gain for effective prevention.

In the context of this project we will ask you to complete two questionnaires that include questions about how you think and feel towards food and how you are eating.

If you’re interested to do an additional part of this research, this survey will followed by a telephone interview with the researcher, where these topics will be further explored in order to gain a deeper understanding. The interview will take around 30 minutes and will be scheduled separately by contacting you via email. During the overall assessment you may experience discomfort due to the sensitive nature of the personal information being asked. If the assessment rises a lot of negative thoughts or feelings in you and you wish to speak with a professional, the researcher can provide you with information on who you can contact for this and how.

The participation is voluntary and you are free to withdraw at any time during data collection, and you may request to withdraw your data up to two weeks after the date of collection without giving a reason. In this case your data will be destroyed upon such request if made within the time limit. You won’t be penalized in any way, nor be questioned why you wish to do so.  The records of this study will be kept confidential. In any sort of report we make public we will not include any information that will make it possible to identify you. Your name won’t appear on any of the material that contain your data, and an assigned ID number will be used to identify the transcripts. Research records will be kept in a locked file; only the researchers will have access to the records. The interview will be tape-recorded, and we will retain the collected material for 10 years. Once this time period has passed, all your data will be destroyed.

The aim of the study is to explore food-related thoughts that are associated with particular weight categories in order to determine their role in initial weight gain. Findings could contribute to forming a novel and effective approach for preventing weight gain and associated health complications.

If you experience discomfort or negative feelings participating, you may call the investigator Helena Wehling at (44) 078 34 671 232 or Dr. Joanne Lusher at (44) 020-7133-2782. If you wish to learn the outcome of this study, or if you have any questions, please contact the investigator (details below).

Thank you, your participation is very much appreciated.
Helena Wehling          (44) 078 34 671 232  helenawehling@gmail.com

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