Your partner and your weight – help a grad student out!

Hi everyone! How are you today? This week has been INSANITY for me! I can’t really complain though, because other than being crazy busy, life is good! Today I’d like to ask you to help a fellow graduate student with some research she’s working on. Amanda is a clinical psychology PhD student at Clark University who contacted me through Kenlie’s blog. She is conducting research on how people’s partners interfere or assist with plans to lose weight.

Please consider taking Amanda’s survey here to help further research in obesity and science, and also, to donate $1 to the charity of your choice just for your participation. You can also enter to win a drawing for one of 9 $25 giftcards and 1 $100 giftcard. You’re eligible to participate in the survey if you can answer yes to these questions:

Have you been participating in a weight loss program for the last 5 consecutive weeks?
Have you been in a committed, cohabitating relationship for the last two years?
Do you ever feel like your current partner/spouse gets in the way of your weight loss?

I think it’s important to participate in things like this because 1) graduate students are very tired, and being awesome and helping them out will make their day (Trust me – I’ll be bugging you for your input on my survey in a couple months), but 2) it helps advance research and bring awareness to lesser known issues.

I’m a lucky ducky because my husband is a great supporter of almost everything I choose to do (I say almost because things like putting baking sheets in the dishwasher are generally not supported – things that sound perfectly reasonable in my mind… but don’t quite jive in his.). Sure, sure, occasionally he brings home Samoas or candy bars, but I’m not going to limit his pleasure just because I’m on a “plan.” I’m overweight at my own hand – I didn’t gain 50 pounds from Matt feeding me truffles and butter chips. (But oh how delightful that sounds!)

So, if you have 15 minutes or so, please help Amanda out! And I’m curious – does your partner, spouse or significant other affect your attempts to lose weight or live a healthy life style?