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 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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