Prior to beginning the research design, VC was informed of the suggested research, as
well as given a general understanding of the A-B-A design, as described in Royse, et al. VC was
informed that her first week in the research design would consist of her exercising at her leisure,
and documenting the amount of time spent exercising each day. The second full would, the B
phase, would include the proposed intervention to motivate and encourage exercise. Finally, the
last week would observe her workout schedule to determine if previous interventions caused the
motivation level to remain high.
After significant discussion about the research design and the desired results for VC, it ...view middle of the document...
In a recent article published by Harvard Medical Group (2013) on
www.Health.Harvard.edu, it was reported that scientists are finding an increasing list of benefits
of weight loss that goes beyond mere lost pounds and muscle building, such as, “increased
insulin sensitivity, lower cholesterol levels, a better ratio of saturated to unsaturated fats, and
biochemical markers of lowered cardiovascular risk” (p 6).
Unfortunately, Harvard Medical Group (2013) went on to explain:
The exact way exercise causes so many benefits is still unknown, however, doctors and
scientists agree that regular exercise lowers weight and blood pressure, as well as
preventing diabetes and improving cholesterol, muscle strength, sleep
quality, and mood while sharpening the mind (p.6).
Obesity and health aside, a third article discussing weight and how it is preserved in
society. Haskin and Ransford (1999) brings to light, “the stigma that is being overweight limits
an individual’s opportunities” (p. 296). Haskin and Ransford (1999) go on to say, “women in
particular face discrimination, as historically women have put significant effort and paid large
amounts of money in their pursuit of beauty” (p.296). Haskin and Ransford (1999) also suggest
that “it is the society’s...