Post 5: Interview and Probe

Based on the primary research I’ve done before and the brainstorming our group have explore about stakeholders of obesity and health, I’ve chose a few different aspects that I’m interested in and came up with following questions. The aim is to investigate others perspective about Obesity and Health.


Q1: Do you have social-pressure to keep fit or go to gym?

Not me, I don’t really feel that. I think maybe guys don’t have much social pressure than girls do but maybe that is just for my own experience, I don’t have much pressure socially to stay fit. It is sort of something that I force myself to do because I feel shitty if I don’t exercise.

Q2: What do you think of plus-sized models, do you think they are just overweight in an unhealthy way or do you think it is just another standard of beauty?

I don’t really have a problem with it, I think it’s kind of interesting how she’s taking a image of what a plus-sized model is, kind of turning on a trend and making her body an object But in terms of beauty, I don’t really find it represents beauty.

Q3: What do you think of people using too much photoshop editing to promote unrealistic human body goals? Like the phenomenon of how the media promotes the unrealistic body by editing too much on photoshop.

 I think that it is a strange thought – that someone would edit their own photos of themselves in such a way – I can’t understand that, but, I am also pretty comfortable with myself – so it’s hard for me to imagine that thought process.

I think it makes more sense in a commercial sense – editing for advertisements etc – I think that because editing in such a way is so embedded in the modelling/ model photography culture, it must put pressure on the models and the photographers to follow editing trends, or to be competitive. I guess women or men (I suspect more women) see these images of models that have been edited – and it drives them to follow – editing their own personal images in such a way.

I am not completely against the editing of model photos – when I think of children ie. Young girls growing up and editing their photos to look like models – I do get a bit ill. There are some ethics there when it comes to kids, as with most things I guess. Yeh maybe I am against it now that I think about it.


The Probe

The following probe task for my interviewee is to record a food diary day and night in 6 days and also indicate the exercise he has been doing this week. The interviewee doesn’t have obese issue.

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From the food diary my interviewee provided to me, he has quite a healthy eating habit though he didn’t do much exercise during the week. I’ve sorted out a few high calories food from the diary, those includes one Cadbury chocolate and hazelnut bar, two meals of cheeseburger with sweet potato fries and 2 cans of coke. And the food diary also indicates alcohol intake (7 spiced rum and dry and 4 pale ale beer). During this week the interviewee only did physical exercise once which is a 20km cycling.

According to the food and exercise diary my interviewee provided to me, I found out although he doesn’t do much physical exercise regularly, he has a quite healthy eating habit which helps he keeps a fit weight.

5 points summary

  • Social media could effect human obesity in both good and bad way
  • People’s awareness of obesity come from both social-pressure and self-pressure.
  • Though using Photoshop to achieve unrealistic body image can persuade teens and young adult keep fit in someway, there are some ethics there.
  • Interviewing is a good research method to collect data from users
  • The design probe could be more considerable and relevant to my focus area and interview questions


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