The Eating Disorders Research Team aims to discover more about two strands of research.
Firstly, we wish to discover more about what causes eating and weight disorders to develop and what keeps them going. Secondly, we are involved in developing and improving treatment for eating disorders across the lifespan.
We aim to answer such questions as:
- What do people with anorexia nervosa value about their disorder, and do patients’ perceived benefits and burdens of anorexia predict how well they will fare in treatment?
- What role does attachment to caregivers and the ability to understand behaviours in terms of mental states (e.g. intention) play in family therapy for adolescent anorexia?
- What role does oxytocin play in social abilities and body awareness in anorexia?
- Does intermittent versus continuous calorie restricting differ in its impact on mood and symptoms of disordered eating?
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