We want to hear from you

Our friends at the Public Library of Science (the folks that host Obesity Panacea and the blogs others on our network) are doing a short survey to find out how we can better serve our readers.  I’ve embedded it below (email subscribers can view the survey by clicking on the title of this post), and if you wouldn’t mind taking a minute or two to fill it out, it will hopefully help to improve the reading experience here at PLoS Blogs.

Also, it’s been a year or so since we last asked our readers to introduce themselves.  We know our frequent commenters, but otherwise we don’t really know who is reading Obesity Panacea or what brings them here.  So if you have a second minute, leave us a comment letting us know who you are (e.g. researcher, student, person with an interest in exercise and/or obesity, etc), how you found us, and what you’d like to see more/less of here on the blog.  I can’t promise that we’ll touch on every suggested topic (my “to do” list of posts is into the high 60’s, which is about a years worth of posts for us these days!), but it’s good to know what kinds of info people are looking for.  

You don’t need to offer up your name or any potentially identifying personal info, but it’s helpful to have a general idea of our audience when trying to choose what topics to write about.

Thanks in advance for completing the survey and/or leaving a comment, and for visiting the blog!


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26 Responses to We want to hear from you

  1. Paula says:

    I am a postgraduate student doing research in the area of eating behaviours/execcise. I like to read your blog to keep myself informed about the different things going on in the field of obesity and exercise. I found your blogg through Alex Hutchinsons Sweat Science Blogg

  2. Rhodia says:

    I am a non-scientist with a personal interest in obesity. I am formerly obese, having gone from a BMI of 37 to a BMI of 26. Because of my personal situation I am obviously most interested in weight loss maintenance (and there does not seem to be much study on long-term weight loss maintenance), but I am also interested in all aspects of obesity. As a recreational runner I am also interested in exercise and fitness. I like reading posts that interpret and analyze scientific studies in ways that a layperson can follow. I also like reading a scientific perspective on things that pop up in the media and popular culture, whether that’s fad diets or exercise trends or whatever.

    I don’t remember how I found your blog, possibly through Weighty Matters.

    I enjoy your posts. Keep up the good work!

  3. Carmen says:

    I am an undergrad studying nutrition (should be a Dietitian in about a year). I found your blog through Twitter. I enjoy the variety of posts that you currently have, so if you keep that up, I would be happy!

  4. Cari says:

    I am a public librarian working with teens. I have a personal interest in obesity and exercise, but am also interested in these subjects as they relate to young people.

    I don’t remember how I found your blog. Most likely through another RSS feed subscription…

  5. Yannis Guerra says:

    Endocrinologist from Chicago, interested in NEAT and obesity

  6. Lance Davidson says:

    I’m an exercise physiologist and obesity researcher from Utah. I’m an avid reader of your posts, and enjoy the thought-provoking topics you and Peter come up with. Keep doing what you’re doing!

    • Travis says:

      ha! Of all our readers, I know who you are, Lance :) Nice to hear from you buddy!

      I’m doing early-morning data collection quite frequently these days, and it always makes me think of you at HDH. Hope all is well.


  7. Sarah says:

    I did my MSc 2 years ago in Nutrition, Obesity, and Health but am not currently working in that specific field. While trying to keep up with current research, I found your blog through one of the Canadian Obesity Network newsletters and have been a subscriber ever since.

    Great blog! I always look forward to reading new posts. Thanks for adding a healthy amount of Canadian perspective on issues and research, as that can often be difficult to find.

  8. Claire says:

    Hey – I am a PhD student, CON member, and a Research Manager for a UK company that delivers weight management programs. I started reading the blog when I met Travis at a CON meeting some time ago now. Just wanted to say love what you are currently doing. Keep up the good work :)

  9. Carey says:

    I’m a musician and full-time mom, but interested in science (especially medicine and nutrition). I enjoy reading your posts because of that interest, but also because I find it helpful to build fact-based perspectives on nutrition, exercise, weight, etc. in order to combat the highly emotional and unhealthy perspectives I grew up with. (Ex: I always hated exercising – but I’ve discovered probably that was because my parents always pressured me to do it, with the implication that otherwise I would remain/become fat. Now I have other, better reasons to exercise and am learning to enjoy it.)

  10. I’m a PhD Student at Queen’s University and fellow blogger. You may recognize me from the podcast/guest piece I’ve done 😛

    On a serious note though, I like the blog because it’s not written using scientific jargon, and is easy/fun to read. Keep up the good work!

  11. skeptigirl says:

    I am an obscure loser with an incredibly obscure blog. I just read this because I like it and enjoy learning.

  12. Kristin says:

    I’m a dietitian, researcher, university instructor and fellow blogger. Found your blog through my partner, a PhD student in exercise psych at U of C.

    I know review the posts can take on a life of their own, but your take-away messaging is always so practical… and provides another great link for our blog to provide. My hands-down favourite recent post was “time to watch my weight” (and subsequent BMI post), which really highlighted the drawbacks of using assessment tools as stand-alone indicators of health. Love it!

    • Travis Saunders, MSc, CEP says:

      Always nice to hear from someone else with a link to U of C! (I did my undergrad there, and my major at the time was sport/exercise psych).
      Very happy to hear that you’re finding the blog useful. Friday’s post is nutrition related, I’m curious to know what you’ll think of it!

  13. HS Science Teacher says:

    I am a high school chemistry (and sometimes biology and physics) teacher. I have been overweight my entire life and I’m trying to change my lifestyle to become healthier.

    As a father, I’m interested in health issues as it relates to my son as well.

  14. c says:

    Fat (BMI 32, down from BMI 36), future RN from Sweden, who has a great interest in nutrition, fitness and obesity.

  15. Kara says:

    I found this blog through weightymatters.ca.

    I’m an overweight, former athlete, mother and blogger. I’ve struggled with weight and eating issues for more than twenty years (even though I haven’t always been overweight).

    After a year of CBT, I’m now recovering from my eating disorder and the weight is slowly coming off. From this process, I’ve become interested in the psychology of eating, obesity, nutrition and food politics.

  16. Internal medicine physician trying to help my overweight and obese patients lose the excess weight and keep it off. Ultimate goals being better health and longevity.

  17. Zach Ferraro says:

    Excellent blog!

    It is reader friendly and nicely presents an unbiased review of the literature and headlines.

    As a PhD candidate I commonly refer the students I teach/TA to this blog as it nicely articulates and complements many concepts taught in their Human Kinetics undergraduate curriculum.

    Keep up the great work guys!

  18. Heidi says:

    I found your blog via Deborah Blum’s books, then her blog at PLoS, then yours. I return regularly because I have a family history of heart disease and your blog provides easy to read, research based advice for healthier living. Your personal anecdotes provide me a lot of inspiration to keep following the advice.

  19. kevin says:

    I am a ‘blue-collar’ worker in England who likes the quirkiness of the blog. Much food for thought (groan).

  20. Occasional blogger with a longtime personal interest in health, but who’s always felt there was something wrong with the American weight obsession. I’ve gotten into HAES and body size acceptance blogs and although I may not agree with everything, I’ve found much more sanity there. I don’t think it’s realistic or necessary or even healthy for people to starve themselves for life. In my own life, I know I have my own bad habits to overcome, but I’m trying more and more to focus on the health side of it than the weight.

  21. Travis Saunders, MSc, CEP says:

    I just wanted to quickly say thanks to everyone who has left a comment so far – it’s been great to hear from all of you, and it’s really nice to know that people are finding the site useful. Hopefully this goes without saying, but feel free to leave a comment anytime to let us know what you like/dislike/want more of here on the blog.

    And if you haven’t left a comment yet, feel free to do so!



  22. sally says:

    You know, I’m glad you asked! I see some of the people hear dropping their BMI significantly, and kudos to you all! I’m inspired and motivated because it can be done, and by real people (not just Janet Jackson or Marie Osmond). But I was wondering, I don’t have a readily available way to test my BMI, so I’m stuck with my trusty bathroom scale. I also want to put 110% into this, but I hear it can become obsessive, and even women with healthy BMI’s (or weight) can develop a weight obsession disorder. This post about weight obsession disorder has me both curious and, as an obese woman, pretty irritated. Any thoughts about how much is too much?

  23. Nora says:

    I’m technical writer in an academic health center. Also a middle aged fat woman with a history of dieting and exercise obsessions and/or disorders and a genetically super fuel-efficient metabolism. And narcolepsy. I think I could write a book about how to double your weight with crazy diets – hey, it worked for me! My current goal is to continue to eat well, exercise daily, and incorporate more movement into my otherwise completely sedentary work day. I’m starting to look for better ways to educate health care providers (beginning with my own) about how to help patients focus their efforts on increasing their health rather than solely on reducing their weight.

    I’ve been reading your blog through several changes of venue [and academic milestones, and a wedding: congratulations!]; I love your perspective, your thorough documentation/citation of sources, and your creative and passionate approach to science. Can’t remember how I found youall, but probably via the group blogs you’ve participated in and/or Dr. Sharma/Dr. Freedhoff et al. Or did I find out about them from you?