Crafting A Survey
Imagine for a moment that you are a scientist. You are an expert in your field and are about to engage in a long-term study of fat people. You are able to come up with the questions that the volunteers will be answering as truthfully as possible and also anonymously. What kind of questions would you ask? In a more broad sense, what would you look into, specifically — fatness and socioeconomic status or education or access to healthcare/fitness options or the history of fatness in the family or all of the above?
I was thinking about doing a small survey in my local area and was going to do ask volunteers to answer some questions. I am interested in all of the above things and more. So how about we do a good old- (or new-) fashioned FFF study, eh?! I’ll post some of the questions I plan on asking, and if you have any suggestions as to what I should add or modify, comment below. Then throughout the next week or two I will gather as many volunteers to answer them as possible and will report back here.
- How old are you?
- How much do you make annually?
- What is your weight and height?
- Do you follow any special dietary requirements? If so, what are they?
- Do you have a family history of “obesity”?
- Do you have access to a gym or place of fitness? If no, why not? If so, do you have a membership to a gym or are involved in fitness activities, either recreationally or in your job?
- What is your highest education achieved? What are your parents’ highest education?
- Do you have access to affordable healthcare or have health insurance?
- Do you have a primary physician?
- How often are you sick or need medical care?
- How many children do you have?
- Out of these three options, where do you most accurately live: urban, suburban, rural?
- Do you work? If so, about how many hours do you work?
- Do you eat fast food and if so, how often?
After everyone has contributed (or not) to the list, I will post a SurveyMonkey link down in the comments so that our patrons can answer if they wish. I look forward to extrapolating data!