Social media, eating disorders and recovery

Posted 01/05/2018

What is the purpose of this research?

The purpose of this research is to explore how people with eating disorders, who are working towards recovery, use social media. In particular, we are looking at what people with eating disorders find helpful and less helpful about using social media during their recovery journey.

Who can take part?

You can take part in this study if you have a lived experience of an eating disorder, and if you self-identify as ‘working towards recovery’. You also must use social media, and be over 18 years of age.

What does the study involve?

The study will involve being available for an interview at the Eating Disorder Service at Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill, London. This interview will last approximately one hour.  During the interview you will be asked some questions about your use of social media, the sorts of things you post or follow, how this affects you, and your opinions about whether this has impacted on your recovery from eating difficulties. You will then be asked to share examples of social media posts that you feel are helpful and less helpful for recovery. You will also be asked to complete a demographic questionnaire and a measure of eating disorder symptoms. That measure of eating disorder symptoms will include a question about your current weight, but this question is not compulsory.

As a thank you, you will be given £10 for your participation in the interview, and we will also reimburse up to £10 for travel expenses.

How can you take part?

To express your interest in this study, please contact Jenny Beardwood on or 07840 582997. You will be sent some further information about the study, and if you would still like to take part we will arrange an interview time suitable for you.