Further research is essential to helping us end the pain and suffering of eating disorders. You can help us and other researchers continue to learn more about these complex mental illnesses by taking part in research projects.
If you have personal experience of an eating disorder as a sufferer, carer, or professional, and you are interested in participating in research, please follow us on social media to receive a notification whenever a new research opportunity becomes available.
Please note: These studies are led by external researchers and not by Beat. Some people can find participating in research to be a triggering experience. If you are at all concerned about this, please make sure to read each study's information sheet carefully and to get in contact with the researcher to ask them any questions you might have about participation. You might also like to to discuss any concerns with others close to you and/or a healthcare professional if you are currently receiving treatment, before deciding whether to take part. Your health and well being should be the top priority.
21 November 2023
Help researchers understand what causes ARFID, who is at greater risk, and how treatments could be improved.
28 September 2023
Partners' perspectives on eating disorder therapy
Exploring parents emotional experiences of FBT.
Compassionate imagery intervention for for adolescents aged 16- 25 with Eating Disorders
23 August 2023
Our research focusses on designing a virtual reality café setting alongside people with lived experience of eating disorders.
25 July 2023
Research project investigating the experiences of parents/carers of young people with an eating disorder, and how they respond t
This piece of research is to gain an understanding of experiences of parents that are caring for a child diagnosed with ARFID.
This study aims to investigate the short- and longer-term effects of theta burst stimulation on anorexia nervosa symptoms
Online interviews exploring South Asian experiences of body image
29 June 2023
Do autistic and non-autistic individuals with anorexia have differences in how they process emotions?
15 June 2023
Have your say in how services should be organised for children and young people with eating disorders.
8 February 2023
Exploring voice hearing and multi-sensory experiences with girls and young women who self-report an Eating Disorder Voice
Belonging to Social Groups and Eating Disorder Recovery
21 December 2022
12 July 2022
This research is looking at people’s experiences of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) treatment for bulimia nervosa
11 July 2022
6 June 2022
19 April 2022
Early detection and STRAtification of eating disorders and comorbid mental illnesses
23 May 2022
Seeking participants a clinical or a self-diagnosis of autism and are above the age of 18 years old
13 April 2022
Looking for autistic and non-autistic individuals with, or in recovery from, anorexia nervosa
23 November 2021
Looking for people aged 18+ who provide care/support to a friend, partner or family member affected by an ED
22 November 2021
Understanding the needs of individuals who have a sibling with an eating disorder.
9 November 2021
Assessing the role of social-cognition in the progression of anorexia nervosa
18 October 2021
Currently recruiting for participants with lived experience of naso-gastric feeding under physical restraint.
5 October 2021
Comparing experiences of people with and without an autism spectrum condition who have received outpatient treatment for an ED
22 September 2021
An investigation of the feasibility and possible efficacy of the psychedelic “psilocybin” in treating anorexia nervosa
15 September 2021
A new study investigating virtual reality food-related environments.
14 September 2021
26 July 2021
This study aims to interview 15 women from the Black community, who have an eating disorder.
27 July 2021
The Eating Disorders Genetics Initiative (EDGI) is the UK’s largest ever genetic research project into eating disorders. The aim is to collect the psychological, medical, and genetic information of 10,000 people with experience of any eating disorder. This will help us to better understand the role our genes and environment play on the development and treatment of these illnesses. EDGI is part of an international collaboration, with many countries coming together as part of the same initiative.
We believe approximately 1.25 million people in the UK have an eating disorder.