The experiences of black women with eating disorders

Who am I? I am a Counselling Psychology Doctoral student and am currently working on my thesis. As a black woman I have a passion for increasing the understanding of mental health issues within our community. I am also passionate about working within the field of eating disorders.

Who am I looking for? Black females that have or have had an eating disorder and were either born in Africa or the Caribbean or are British with African or Caribbean parents or grandparents.

What will you be asked to do? I will ask you to meet me for an interview (or a telephone interview can be arranged if you prefer this). In this interview, I will ask you a series of open questions about when you were diagnosed, your current relationship with food, what you think may have contributed to the development of the eating disorder and whether you feel your ethnic background played any part in the development of the eating disorder. Please be assured that you can withdraw from the study at any point if you change your mind and your responses will be anonimised and treated with the utmost confidentiality.

As a thank you for your participation, I will give you a £20 iTunes or Waterstone's voucher.

Thank you for taking the time to read this request; I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,
Sarah Shillingford

Counselling Psychology Doctorate student
Regent's College, School of Psychotherapy

Sarah Shillingford
[email protected]
079847 16614

“I had consistently been losing weight for more than 8 months and had become accustomed to eating very little. This triggered a return of my anorexia, after a 20-year period of recovery. SWEDA were able to offer me an appointment the very next day. When we met I was feeling very ill and frightened.I spoke to them about my fears, but then took the decision to go to my doctor on the way home. I was admitted to hospital within a few days.”

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