Department of Psychology

Examining the links between Eating Disorders and Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Wed May 03 11:32:00 BST 2017

What does the research study involve?                                                                                                                       

This study aims to further understand the links between eating disorders and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), with a view to improving treatment for these conditions. This study will look at the role of specific beliefs and behaviours in linking eating disorders and IBS.
If you decide to take part in this study, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire, which will take approximately 20-25 minutes. You can choose to either complete the questionnaire online or you can request a paper copy with a Freepost envelope. 

Who can take part?

We are looking to recruit women over the age of 18 who:

  • Have an eating disorder (any type)
  • Have an eating disorder AND IBS 
  • Don’t have an eating disorder OR IBS

Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?

This study is completely voluntary, and the responses that you give will be completely anonymous. Yes. The completed questionnaires will be completely anonymous, and we will not collect any personal identifying information about you. All the information collected during the course of the research will conform with the Data Protection Act (1998) with respect to data collection, storage and destruction.
This study has been reviewed and given favourable opinion by the South Central – Oxford Research Ethics Committee (IRAS ID: 217727), by the Health Research Authority, and by the University of Bath Psychology Ethics Committee.

Why should you take part? 

  • You will help to improve the understanding and treatment of eating disorders and IBS.
  • To thank you for participating in the study, on completion of the questionnaire you will be offered a £5 Amazon voucher.

Who can I contact for further information?

If you would like to participate in the study, or for more information please click on the following link:

Alternatively, you can contact the lead researcher, Holly Panting (Clinical Psychologist in Training), for more information or to request a paper questionnaire pack with a Freepost envelope by email:

Thank you for taking the time to read this page. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like further information.