Investigating factors that may influence eating behaviour

Posted 01/05/2018


This online study aims to investigate the underlying mechanisms of binge eating behaviour, with specific focus on impulsivity, reward dysfunction, stress reactivity and emotional dysregulation.

What is the purpose of the research?

It is widely acknowledged by researchers and clinicians that there are many different factors that may contribute to the development of binge eating. This study aims to examine just some of these factors in order to try and develop a clearer view of this type of eating behaviour, in a comprehensive way that has not been achieved in studies to date.

Who can take part?

This research is looking for women and men between the ages of 18 and 65, who engage in binge eating. You do not have to have a clinical diagnosis to take part, though if you do have a current diagnosis you will be asked if you are happy to disclose this. In order to take part, you must have English as your main language and not currently be pregnant. There are also other eligibility criteria outlined in the participant information sheet.

What does the study involve?

This study involves completing a number of questionnaires and three behavioural tasks on your laptop or PC. The questionnaires cover a number of topics, including:

  • Food, eating styles and how you feel about your body
  • How you tend to think, feel and behave in certain situations
  • Information about your drug and alcohol use
  • You will be asked to provide your height and weight
  • Whether you had any major negative experiences as a child.
  • Please bear in mind some of these questions are of a sensitive nature

Please complete the study somewhere quiet with as few distractions as possible where you have access to a PC or laptop with internet access. You cannot take part in this study using a mobile phone or tablet computer. It is also important that you begin the study as close as possible to one and a half hours after you have last eaten. As a thank you for taking part in the research, you will have the chance to be entered into our prize draw to win a Love2Shop Voucher (1 x £100, 4 x £50, 8 x £25, 30 x £10).

If you decide to take part, it is important to remember that you can skip any of the questions or tasks that you do not feel comfortable completing. You can also choose to leave the study at any time by clicking the ‘withdraw from study’ link that is present at the bottom of each page.

How can someone take part?

If you are interested in taking part in this research, then please click here to view the information sheet and take part in the study.

If you require any further information then please contact the researcher, Jordan Marwood (Phone: 0113 8128974; Email: Please note that contacting the researcher for further information does not mean that you are obliged to take part in the study. Participation in this research is voluntary and you may withdraw at any time, without giving a reason.


Jordan Marwood, Dr Zoe Kolokotroni, Dr Danielle Selby, and Dr Therese Shepherd, 
PhD Candidate & Senior Lecturers at Leeds Beckett University