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. Also, please feel free to discuss any concerns with others close to you and perhaps 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.
Early detection and STRAtification of eating disorders and comorbid mental illnesses
Seeking participants a clinical or a self-diagnosis of autism and are above the age of 18 years old
Helping parents and improving future parental interventions
Looking for autistic and non-autistic individuals with, or in recovery from, anorexia nervosa
Looking for UK based 16-25 year olds with lived experience of eating disorders
Looking for people aged 18+ who provide care/support to a friend, partner or family member affected by an ED
Understanding the needs of individuals who have a sibling with an eating disorder.
Assessing the role of social-cognition in the progression of anorexia nervosa
Currently recruiting for participants with lived experience of naso-gastric feeding under physical restraint.
Exploring how individuals with atypical anorexia experience the difficulties and challenges of help seeking
Comparing experiences of people with and without an autism spectrum condition who have received outpatient treatment for an ED
An investigation of the feasibility and possible efficacy of the psychedelic “psilocybin” in treating anorexia nervosa
A new study investigating virtual reality food-related environments.
Currently recruiting for 6 week online comedy course
This study aims to interview 15 women from the Black community, who have an eating disorder.
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.