The Engaging Minds in Body Image and Eating Disorders (EMBodIED) Research team is a group of expert and skilled researchers whose work focuses on:
- understanding the development of body image in children
- uncovering risk factors for body dissatisfaction and eating disorders
- evaluating prevention and treatment interventions for these problems.
We work on cross-sectional, experimental, longitudinal and intervention research across the lifespan, with a focus on how body dissatisfaction and eating problems develop, and how treatment and education programs can be used to reduce or prevent them.
Body Image Disorders Research
We also advocate for social change to improve policies and practices that:
- are potentially damaging to children’s developing body image
- encourage negative appearance-based stereotypes or weight-based stigma
- promote health at every size and body positivity
- support the development or maintenance of healthy eating patterns.
Our team has strong links with other groups working in the field including:
- Centre for Appearance Research Bristol, UK
- Applied Psychology Program for Eating and Appearance Research (APPEAR) Boston, USA
- The Butterfly Foundation Australia
- National Collaboration for Eating Disorders (NEDC) Australia
- Centre for Excellence in Eating Disorders (CEED) Australia
- Eating Disorders Victoria Australia.
- Strategic Training Imitative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders (STRIPED) Boston, USA
- Pretty Foundation, Australia
If you’re interested in participating in our research, please see Current research.
If you are interested in doing postgraduate research in this field, please contact a group member.