A body! Who cares? Impact of body perception on disordered eating

A body! Who cares? Impact of body perception on disordered eating

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About this opportunity

Position Type: Patient/Public Partner (2)

A New Brunswick researcher is looking for two Patient/Public Partners with lived experience of an eating disorder between the ages of 18 and 30.

The goal of this study is to co-develop a scale a Patient/Public Partners that measures how people feel about their bodies. Body neutrality is a relatively new concept in the field of psychology and has the potential to be a useful mechanism to combat body dissatisfaction.


  • An individual between the ages of 18 and 30
  • A person who has been diagnosed with an eating disorder, or
  • Someone who exhibits disordered eating (e.g. skipping multiple meals, excessive exercise to compensate for weight, being overly concerned with appearance and/or food intake, etc.)
  • Lives in Canada

How will patients be engaged?
Patient/Public Partners will be invited and encouraged to take part in all parts of the current research, from development to knowledge dissemination and translation. Patient/Public Partners will play a key role in identifying appropriate items as well as creating new items for the body neutrality survey. The Patient/Public Partners will also help to assess what surveys should be used for convergent validity and identify aspects of EDs that should be measured within the current study. Patient/Public Partners will help vet promotional materials for participants, and appropriate techniques for engaging the clinical population. Patient/Public Partners will also be involved in analyzing the data and will be included on discussions of what the factors represent following the exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses. Regular meetings and/or outreach (emails) with the Patient/Public Partners will be regularly scheduled. Patient/Public Partners will be acknowledged and invited to participate in all forms of knowledge translation.

Time commitment:
The project will take place from September 2024 to September 2025. Patient/Public Partners will be expected to participate in monthly meetings taking about one hour. Additional meetings may be necessary during data analysis and knowledge translation. Partners will be compensated for their time.

Interested in this Opportunity?

A body! Who cares? Impact of body perception on disordered eating