This research is concerned with examining people’s weight loss goals and the factors associated with these goals. The research requires you to complete a 10-15 minute online questionnaire on your weight loss goals. The study is being conducted by PhD student Heather McKee, under the supervision of Dr. Nikos Ntoumanis at the University of Birmingham, UK. This study was granted approval by The University of Birmingham's Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Ethical Review Committee. There is no deception involved, and the study involves no more than minimal risk to participants (i.e., the level of risk encountered in daily life). In order to be eligible for this study you must have a BMI (body mass index) of 25 or over (BMI= your weight in kilos divided by your height in metres square)* . Weight conversions: 1 stone = 6.35 kg or 14lbs, 1 kg = 2.20lbs. Alternatively you can use an online BMI calculator to figure this out. *Metric Units: BMI = Weight (kg) / (Height (m) x Height (m)) Imperial Units: BMI = Weight (lb) / (Height (in) x Height (in)) x 703
What happens with the information I give in the research study?
All information will only be handled by the research team. Once a consent form and questionnaire details has been received by the researchers, it will be stored in a password protected PC. Your identity and data will remain confidential and an ID code will be used in order for the researchers to match up the information from each questionnaire. The locked filing cabinets will be at the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Birmingham, and code identification information will be stored on the researcher’s password protected PC. Thus, your identity is not anonymous, but only the researchers on this project will be able to identify your individual responses. When the findings are disseminated to the public and professionals in related fields, your identity will be anonymous as only a summary of the results will be reported. In line with the University’s Code of Conduct for Research, data will be retained intact for a period of ten years from the date of any publication which is based upon it. You have the right to withdraw from this study at any time without any consequence. You can request that your data be excluded from the study. In that case, you can take your data or it will be destroyed immediately by the researchers. If you’re happy for the researchers to keep your data then it will be stored as outlined above. If we don’t hear from you within 1 month from completing the questionnaire, we will assume that you would like us to use your (anonymous) data for our study. It should be noted that the experiment is not being run from a https server (these servers are thought to be the most secure and are usually used to handle credit card details), therefore the possibility remains that an individual’s response could be seen by unauthorised third parties such as computer hackers.
What can I get out of the study?
To date there have been no adverse reactions to the study. Many participants find involvement interesting and insightful. Anyone with weight-loss goals (with a BMI greater than 25) is welcome to take part in the study however they will receive no credit or monetary compensation. However participants will receive a report based on the results of their questionnaires which many find interesting and helpful. If you have any further queries or wish to lodge a complain or concern please contact the principal investigator Heather McKee at the following details at any stage firstname.lastname@example.org; her supervisor Dr. Nikos Ntoumanis email@example.com or for ethical queries contact The University of Birmingham's Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Ethical Review Committee firstname.lastname@example.org
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