The planning was straightforward, but how did Victoria Parikh and Meera Sridhar get participants to sign up to their research project in India?
We travelled to Mysore, in south India, in the summer of 2007 to conduct a pilot case-control study to identify risk factors for overweight and obesity specific to an Indian pediatric population. Our motivation to conduct this study was driven by the rapidly growing worldwide prevalence of obesity and overweight among young people.12
The prospect of these children carrying one of the greatest risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes, among other health complications, troubled us.3 We wanted the experience of conducting research in a foreign setting and we hoped that the challenges surrounding the conduct of research and immersing ourselves in a different culture would be a formative experience for us as future clinicians and public health practitioners.
We were surprised by how difficult it was to recruit participants for our study. It might be useful to other students who are interested in international research to hear about our