Living with an eating disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic

Bristol Health Partners’ Eating Disorders Health Integration Team (EDHIT) is inviting people to take part in an online survey about their experiences of living with an existing or emerging eating disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This research study is led by Dr Helen Malson, EDHIT co-director and Associate Professor in Social Psychology at the University of the West of England (UWE) Bristol. Its aim is is to provide an opportunity for people with lived experience of an eating disorder, or with eating disorder concerns, to voice their experiences in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdowns, restrictions and changes that have come with it.

The ways in which people with lived experience of eating disorders may have been impacted by the pandemic will be complex and varied. The researchers hope that participants’ responses will enable them to develop a clearer and more in-depth understanding of these experiences that will contribute towards improving support.

The survey is open to anyone over 18 years who identifies as having experience of an eating disorder (or of distress around food, eating and/or body weight) including those who have not had a formal diagnosis, those who are concerned that they may be beginning to develop an eating disorder and those who feel they are in recovery.

Find out more about the survey and how to take part