Critical social incidents in anorexia nervosa: Patients’ perspective

Posted 13/08/2019

What is the purpose of the research?

We would like to invite you to take part in an online survey that seeks to understand important social situations in the life of someone with anorexia nervosa. We believe that asking people with lived experience of anorexia nervosa about important social situations or events that took place while they were acutely ill will help improve our understanding of the illness. Patients’ perspective on these issues could also help us shed new light on any potential social-emotional difficulties that many theoretical models have postulated to play a crucial role in perpetuating anorexia nervosa.

Who can take part?

We are looking for people who are over the age of 18 and have been diagnosed with anorexia nervosa.

What does the study involve?

The study involves completing an online survey which will take approximately 40 minutes. In this survey you will be asked to provide some basic information about yourself and your anorexia nervosa. You will also be asked to think about and recount some positive, surprising, and difficult significant situations or events that occurred while you were ill. 

After completing the survey you can enter a prize draw for a chance to win one of ten £10 Amazon gift vouchers.

Please note: participation in this study means that you will be asked some questions about your lowest ever and highest ever BMI as well as about your current height and weight, however you will not have to answer these questions. Additionally, you will be asked to recount stories about important social situations or events, which can make some people distressed or anxious. Please think carefully what kind of critical situation or event you choose to disclose as you will be asked further questions about it.

How can you take part?

If you are interested please contact Jenni Leppanen at

King's College London