SWEDA Body Image Survey 2019

As one of very few specialist Eating Disorder charities across the UK, SWEDA recognises that body image is intimately linked with eating disorders in a significant majority of cases. Further, we recognise that a negative body image can lead to poor mental health, especially in young people.

SWEDA actively reaches out to young people in Somerset to raise awareness of eating disorders and body image issues and offer resources and help to anyone affected by them. We used this opportunity to ask young people about their body image. The survey was undertaken by 600+ students in the county of Somerset between the ages of 14-20 at fresher fairs and information evenings with youth clubs and other youth organisations. Students who attended an event were asked to voluntarily fill in a questionnaire whilst a more casual approach was used at fresher fairs with 2 passers-by being invited to take part if they wished. The questionnaires were anonymous but collected data about age, gender, sexuality and postcode.

You can download the survey below: 

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SWEDA Body Image Survey 2019


“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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