This exciting research project, led by the University of Otago, the University of Canterbury in collaboration with EDANZ has only 6 months left to reach as many people as possible who may like to participate.
We would like to express our warmest thanks to everyone who has taken the time to get involved in the project so far. We are pleased to report that so far 50 carers and 190 people with a history of an eating disorder have completed the survey. There has also been a fantastic response from people willing to share their experiences through an interview, for which we are very appreciative. However, we are keen to continuing growing the project as much as possible over the final few months, to maximise the impact of the research, and are still looking for people who would be happy to take part.
We are looking for at least 250 participants across New Zealand who have had a significant eating disorder during their lifetime and also at least 200 people who have been a carer of someone with an eating disorder to participate. Eating disorders included in this study are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, purging disorder, and other eating disorders that may not have met criteria for a full diagnosis but have had a significant impact on the person’s life.
Participating in this research involves completing an anonymous 30-minute online survey that focuses mainly on various impacts of the eating disorder, with questions about treatment, interruption to education or careers, and other direct and indirect costs that will help us calculate the financial costs of those impacts in a New Zealand context. It will ask about your current income so we can estimate the financial impact. We are also interested in hearing about your views on causes, treatment and recovery from eating disorders.
If you are interesting in participating, please go to:
www.otago.ac.nz/christchurch/cost-of-eating-disorders to read more about the study and to participate in the survey