Research

On this page your will find requests from people engaged in research about eating disorders, who are looking for individuals to take part in their projects.

Please be aware that these research projects are independent and not connected to SWEDA. The inclusion of a research project on these pages does not represent an endorsement of the project by SWEDA and SWEDA in no way accepts responsibility for any aspect of the project or the data collected.

Be aware that in participating in a project you do so at your own risk and that it would be advisable to be familiar with the guidelines and policies under which a particular research project runs.

If you have any research that you would like us to link to, and are based in a UK college or university, please do get in touch.

Open Research Projects

‘Eating Disorders and FGID's; their association with interoceptive awareness, stressors and psychological features’  

The aim of this project is to provide proof of concept for novel holistic intervention strategies for eating disorders and its commonly co-occurring conditions.  

The project focuses on the high rate of functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (FGID’s) in eating disorders. There is evidence that psychological factors influence both ED behaviours and the severity of GI symptoms. This supports the idea that the gut-brain axis is involved in underlying both ED and GI symptoms. A key component of the gut-brain axis is the peripheral nervous system. The peripheral nervous system can be modulated by stressors and stress. However, the impact of stressors can be mediated by interoceptive awareness. Hence, interoceptive awareness may serve as a tractable treatment target for both ED and GI symptoms. 

Therefore, we will be studying the relationship between stressors, interoceptive awareness and its impact on EDs and FGIDs. This data will help to provide vital proof-of-concept that will inform the developmental of novel treatment approaches.  

Participation will involve completing a battery of questionnaires relating to eating disorder behaviour, FGID’s symptoms, perceived stress, interoceptive awareness, anxiety & depression levels, neuroticism and somatization. The questionnaire battery will take approximately 30 minutes in total. Data is held anonymously, and identification of participants will not be possible.  

Completion of the study is done online at a time and place that is convenient to the participant.  

To access the study directly, please use this link: https://kcliop.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cvjidrD1lofd4Ud

For more information, please read the information sheet here, or contact India, at [email protected]

                                                                               

Have you had a Sibling who Experienced Anorexia?

Have you Restricted your Eating with a Desire to Change your Body?

I would like to invite you to take part in a research study investigating the experiences of siblings of people with Anorexia.

If you:

Please contact me and I will arrange a short telephone call to explain the research and answer questions. If you are eligible you will be invited to complete a Skype interview  about your experiences lasting up to an hour.

All participants will be entered into a prize draw to win £50 worth of Amazon vouchers

This research is part of my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

Contact Details:

Ellie Scutt, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, email: [email protected] 

                                                                            

Social media use throughout recovery from an eating disorder in individuals aged between 18-30 years old  

As part of my Master's research project, I am looking to explore social media use throughout recovery from an eating disorder in individuals aged between 18-30 years old through interviews. Due to covid-19, these interviews will either take place over the phone or through video chat means (Microsoft Teams/Skype) depending on your preference. 

In order to participate within this research individuals must:

  1. Be recovered from an eating disorder (type of eating disorder is not restricted)
  2. Be aged between 18 and 30 years old 
  3. Have at least one active profile on a minimum of one social media site (e.g. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat etc.)

 If you are interested please email Emma on [email protected] for further information.   

 Participation in this research would be greatly appreciated!

                                                                    

 

 

App-Based Training for Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder - Kings College London

https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/eating-disorders-research/bulimia/app-training-bulimia-binge-eating

This research aims to target binge-eating symptoms among individuals with bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder by using a game in the form of a phone app.

What is the purpose of the research?
The purpose of the research is to explore the feasibility of a phone app in targeting binge-eating episodes, and to explore mechanisms that might be involved in this behavioural change. It will do so by exploring the added benefit of the app over treatment as usual.

Who can take part?
The inclusion criteria include:

What does the study involve?
Once you get in touch with Rayane Chami ([email protected]), you will receive an information sheet with the study details. If you are still interested in taking part, a researcher from the team will get in touch with you to ensure the study would be safe and suitable to you. After this, you will receive a consent form and a link to the first battery of questionnaire (~25 minutes to complete).

After completing the questionnaire, you will be randomised to either the treatment as usual condition or the treatment as usual + training condition.

If you are allocated to the treatment as usual group, the researcher will set up a quick phone call with you to let you know.
If you are allocated to the treatment as usual + training group, you may choose to meet the researcher via Skype or in person at King’s College London in Denmark Hill for 20-30 minutes to go through the training together and ask any questions relating to it. You will then be asked to complete a 3-min daily food diary and an 8-minute game on your computer ideally every day for 4 weeks.
After the 4 weeks, you will receive a second battery of questionnaires (regardless of the group you are randomly allocated to; ~20 minutes to complete). Once this is done, you will receive a 15-pound bank transfer. Eight weeks after the start of the study, you will receive a follow-up questionnaire (~20 minutes to complete). If you had been allocated to the treatment as usual group, you may choose to receive the training once you have completed the follow-up questionnaire.

One of the questionnaires that you would be asked to complete, would include a question about weight but this question would not be compulsory.

How can someone take part?
The first step is to get in touch with Rayane Chami on [email protected] to express interest. After this, Rayane will introduce herself and send the information sheet with more details. If the individual expresses interest in taking part, a 10-minute phone screening will be set up to assess safety and suitability.

                                                                             

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Areej Elgaziari, University of Bath [email protected] 

                                                                            

Completed Research of Interest

Critical social incidents in anorexia nervosa: Patients’ perspective (DOI:10.21203/rs.3.rs-81473/v1) Jenni Leppanen ([email protected]).

The experience of being a mother with Anorexia Nervosa - 2/12/13

Gemma O'Leary - University Of Staffordshire

Feelings and Faces - 14/11/13

Angie Cucchi - City University

Thinking about the self - 22/10/13
Graham Thew- University Of Bath

Binge Eating Disorder in Men - 23.08.12
Spyroula Spyrou - London Metropolitan University

The experiences of black women with eating disorders - 03.06.12
Sarah Shillingford - Regent's College, School of Psychotherapy

Investigation into the factors underlying Eating Disorders - 14.04.12
Michael Connoly - University Of Strathclyde

Eating Disorders Research with Athletes - 16.03.12
Carolyn Plateau - Loughborough University

The Couple's Story - 18.02.12
Zoé Dixon - City University, London

Evaluation of a web-based multi media intervention for carers of people with anorexia nervosa - 23.09.2011
Danielle Hoyle - Flinders Univeristy, Australia

The role of online support groups in eating disorders - 16.07.2011
Kelly Clear - University College London

Mothers' perceptions of their role in the treatments of their child's eating disorder
Cathryn Hockridge - University of East London

Youth Health Talk website
Ulla Raisanen - University of Oxford

The experiences of males supporting a partner with anorexia nervosa
Louise Ewan - University of Glasgow

Longstanding Beliefs and Eating Disorders
Hannah Kelland - University of Oxford

Investigation into dietary restraint
Saira Khan - Kingston University

Parent carers: How does this role affect relationships with significant others?
Thema Peart - Brunel University

Eating Disorders: investigating the boundary between public and private space
Claire Murphy - University of Bristol

Online Communites supporting people suffering from eating disorders
Laura Holloway - Nottingham University


“I saw a SWEDA support worker on campus at university. I had been struggling with binge eating disorder and compulsive exercise for about ten years. The SWEDA support worker was able to help me look at my relationship with food and my body in a different way. I have learned to be kinder to myself and they taught me techniques which helped me to slow down my thinking. Now I can go out and have fun without worrying all the time.”

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