Greater than 100 Scottish males took half in a weight-loss examine the place they acquired random textual content messages 5 occasions every week from a fictional character known as Slim.
The intention of the ‘Recreation of Stones’ examine was to discover how digital storytelling might assist in managing weight problems.
The intervention was designed and performed by Dr. Mark Grindle, a movie and TV author, and producer of programmes together with Scottish cleaning soap opera Take the Excessive Highway. Dr Grindle has a eager curiosity in recreation design and presently works as a digital well being researcher on the College of Highlands and Islands.
Dr. Grindle created a fictional story centring across the character of Slim who weighs 273lb and is clinically overweight. His GP tells him he’s on the borderline of growing sort II diabetes. Slim is out of labor in building, and his vanity has taken an enormous hit.
“Slim’s story was not a lot about him altering his behaviour, however how he copes in his neighborhood. He had issues along with his spouse Vilma who missed having enjoyable collectively and his good friend Budge for whom weight problems was the brand new black”
Slim would send-out common textual content messages updating members on how he was doing.
What stunned Dr. Grindle was that members texted Slim again with updates on their very own progress and varied new weight reduction methods that they have been attempting out.
“Even I bought near texting Slim again on an evening after I was caught after my plans had fallen by. My cellphone buzzed and it was Slim telling me his spouse had simply left him. I nearly wrote again about how sorry I used to be to listen to that. However then I realised that I had written that story and knew this was going to occur. There’s something very highly effective concerning the intimacy you construct, even when the one on the opposite aspect is not actual,” mentioned Dr. Grindle.
With Slim’s assist, members misplaced on common three per cent of their physique weight.
“Males, extra so than ladies, wrestle to achieve out, they are typically extra cussed. That is very probably linked to our notion of masculinity the place males are anticipated to be powerful and handle on their very own. Along with that, weight problems continues to be stigmatized.”