Completed SWEDA research projects

Completed SWEDA research projects

As one of the very few specialist eating disorder charities in the UK, SWEDA recognises that body image is ultimately linked with eating disorders in a significant majority of cases. Further, we recognise that a negative body image can lead to poor mental health, especially in young people.

SWEDA actively reaches out to young people in Somerset to raise awareness of eating disorders and body image issues. Our survey was completed by 600+ students in the county of Somerset between the ages of 14-20 at freshers' fairs and information evenings with youth organisations. The responses were anonymous but collected data about age, gender, sexuality and location.

We asked over 500 people to complete a short survey about their experiences during lockdown. Responses showed that the pandemic had made having an eating disorder even more challenging, with many respondents facing additional difficulties with loneliness, anxiety and frustration. 

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