School of Health in Social Science

Eating and Body Image

We are interested in understanding the processes that underpin our eating behaviours, covering typical eating in the general population, through to groups who are at high risk for disordered eating, and those who are experiencing clinical eating disorders.

We are interested in understanding the processes that underpin our eating behaviours, covering the full spectrum from typical eating in the general population, through to groups who are at high risk for disordered eating, and those who are experiencing clinical eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. We work closely with NHS clinical services and schools in Scotland and welcome enquires about partnerships if you would like to be involved in a research project as a collaborator or participant.

Social media, body image and mental health

In this series of projects, we are using experimental methods to study the impact of social media content on body image and mental health, particularly in young adults.

Risk factors for body image difficulties and disordered eating

This project uses data from large, prospective cohort studies to examine factors that increase the chances that young people will develop problems with their body image or their eating behaviours.

Designing and evaluating Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Body Image (IPT-BI)

In this project we are designing and evaluating a new intervention for young people who have concerns about their weight and shape called Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Body Image (IPT-BI).

Feasibility & effectiveness of peer support models in eating disorder care & treatment

In this project we are interested in the impact of community based peer support in the care and treatment of individuals with body image difficulties, eating disorders and their parents and carers.