Interoception refers to our awareness of sensations inside the body. These sensations include hunger, thirst, changes in body temperature, nausea, heart rate etc. Previous research suggests that interoception may affect our eating behaviour. It may also contribute to the development of eating disorders (like anorexia, bulimia or binge eating disorder). Our study aims to explore this in more depth. For this study, we are looking for people who:

  • Are aged 18 or over
  • Have been diagnosed with an eating disorder

If you are eligible, we would appreciate your participation in this study because it will aid research in the important area of eating disorders and interoception. By exploring some of the factors which may contribute to eating disorders, we can find better ways of preventing them from developing, or treating them if they do develop. This could help lots of people across the world.

What will happen to me if I take part?
If you choose to take part,  you will be asked to complete six questionnaires. The questions will be related to your perception of sensations in your body, anxiety, mood, awareness of your emotions, your attitudes towards food and your eating behaviours. This should take approximately 20 mins.

All the questions are voluntary. If you do not feel comfortable answering a question, or if you don’t know the answer, you may leave it blank. Two of the questionnaires will ask you about eating disorder symptoms. Thus, make sure you are comfortable reading and answering these questions before taking part.

What are the risks and benefits of taking part?
There are no risks associated with taking part in the study. But, as some of the questions relate to mental health and eating, we have included the details of support services you can contact at the end of the study if you need someone to talk to. There are no direct benefits to taking part in the study. However, you will be contributing to research that helps us understand more about interoception and eating behaviour. Everyone who takes part will enter into a prize draw to win Amazon vouchers (1 x £40 and 3 x £20 vouchers to give away).

If you have any questions before choosing whether to take part, please email Melissa at Melissa.Barker.2018@live.rhul.ac.uk. If you’d like to take part, please click on the link below and follow the instructions!

Click here to take part in the study!