Volunteers are needed to take part in a survey that aims to find out what health messages we get from the media about our weight.
How the media covers this issue of weight is one that impacts everyone, however, there is currently little research which tells us what people learn from the coverage and what effect it has on them.
The researchers from the University’s Department for Health have designed an online survey that explores the impact of the messages about health that we read in newspapers and on the internet.
The survey, which takes approximately 15 minutes, aims to collect the opinions from hundreds of people of all ages, shapes and sizes.
Dorota Juszczyk, who is leading the study said: “We hope our research will help us to understand what message these articles are really getting across to the public, but we need the help of as many people as possible in order to do this.
“With the accumulating research we know more and more about weight and its effect on health. What we don’t really know is how to communicate these types of messages to the general public.
“By exploring it we could find ways to communicate information about weight and health that people find useful and effective.”
For more information on the study email Dorota Juszczyk.