Investigating interoception in Anorexia and Bulimia

Posted 06/06/2017

What is the purpose of the research?

This study aims to investigate the relationship between experience and awareness of different internal states and eating disorder diagnosis in order to inform treatment options and approaches.

Who can take part?

We are recruiting participants aged 18 or over with a current eating disorder of bulimia nervosa or anorexia nervosa. Individuals in recovery or with an eating disorder history may also take part.

What does the study involve?

If you agree to take part you will be asked to complete some online questionnaires as well as attend a face-to-face session, which will involve a brief interview about your eating disorder symptoms, a computer based activity and some cognitive tests.  This will be done at our research facilities in East London (Stratford campus). Where travel is not possible (e.g. if you are an inpatient) alternative arrangements can be made for testing. Participants will be reimbursed £10 for their time.

Please note: this study does include a question which would ask you to enter your current weight. This question is not compulsory – so if you would prefer not to answer it you can still take part in this research study.

How can you take part?

You can take part by emailing the researcher with your availability and/or any questions about the study (u1345277@uel.ac.uk).

If you are currently undergoing treatment you may wish to speak with your clinician before deciding whether to take part. Please also note that we may require you to provide proof of diagnosis if possible, for example an email from your GP confirming that you meet DSM diagnostic criteria for anorexia or bulimia.