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Are you a current university student or have you recently graduated? Have you experienced an eating disorder?

Are you a current university student or have you recently graduated?

Have you experienced an eating disorder?

Approximately 1 in 10 students may experience an eating disorder. Eating disorders are often misunderstood but can impact anyone – regardless of age or gender – and can have a huge impact on a young person’s life. Eating disorders involve a range of emotional and psychological challenges and commonly occur alongside psychological problems, such as those related to anxiety or depression. While an eating disorder can have a severe impact on a student’s quality of life, with the right help students can and do recover from eating disorders. We’ve met hundreds of incredible students that have done just that.

Student Minds are working with a researcher at Kings College London to build an understanding of the student experience of eating disorder services. We are looking to speak to university students and recent graduates with experience of eating difficulties. We would like to hear from you about what has worked for you, what has been difficult and what you’d like services to look like in the future.

We will also interview and bring together top experts in Eating Disorders and publish a report for the Higher Education and Health sectors about the findings. This report will be presented to representatives at NHS England and other bodies with key roles in influencing the commissioning of eating disorders services across the UK. 

You can take part in this study via a focus group, 1-2-1 interview or online survey. For more information please visit

If you’d like to engage with this project we need you to express your interest by 19th January 2020

This research is being run by Dr Nicola Byrom, Department of Psychology, IoPPN, 2.09 Addison House, Guy's Campus, Kings College London, SE1 1UL ( This study has been approved by the KCL Psychiatry, Nursing and Midwifery Research Ethics Subcommittee, Reference number HR-17/18-6660 and registered with University of Sussex Research Governance.


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By: Clio Berry
Last updated: Tuesday, 3 December 2019


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