You are invited to participate in a research study conducted by Bodywhys which looks at young adults’ knowledge about the various categories of eating disorders and their impressions of individuals with eating disorders. If you have any questions about the study, you can contact Harriet Parsons at

Why are you doing this research?
We hope that by finding out how well-informed young adults are about eating disorders compared to other health issues that we will be able to make recommendations for future support and health service development to encourage those who are worried about their eating habits to talk to health professionals.

How will the data be used?
The data will be used to inform future Bodywhys service developments and health promotion activities as well as making recommendations to clinicians as to how best to encourage young adults to approach them with any concerns they have about their eating habits.

What will happen if I decide to take part in the research study?
If you decide to take part, you will be asked to complete an online survey. The survey includes questions on your knowledge of eating disorders and their causes, your impressions of individuals with eating disorders, and your own eating attitudes and takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. Prior to completing the survey you will be asked to read and complete the online consent form.

How will you protect my privacy?
All the information you provide will be anonymous. The research team will not collect any information that can identify you either from Bodywhys or as part of the data collection. All the information collected will be securely stored on a password-protected computer. The information gathered will be kept for publication purposes. No one will be able to recognise you from the information presented in reports and publications.

What are the risks of taking part in this research study?
There are no known or anticipated risks associated with participation in this study. However, if you are affected by any of the issues raised in the survey, you can contact Bodywhys support services on 1890 200 444 or by emailing or you can contact your Student Union Welfare Officer.

Can I change my mind at any stage and withdraw from the study?
Participation in the study is completely voluntary. You can skip any question that you do not wish to answer. As the information collected is anonymous, it is not possible to remove your data from the dataset at a later date.

How will I find out what happens with this project?
A full summary of the results will be posted on the Bodywhys website and will be provided to the Students Unions of each participating institution.

Thank you very much for your help with this research!