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Interoception and eating behaviors

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To whom it may concern,

My name is Melissa Barker and I am a PhD student at Royal Holloway, University of London. I am currently recruiting for a study investigating how interoception (which refers to our recognition and awareness of internal sensations occurring in the body) could affect eating behaviours. The study is funded by the South East Network for Social Sciences (SENSS) as part of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and has been reviewed and approved by the College Ethics Committee at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Myself and my supervisor, Dr Rebecca Brewer, are hoping that you will be able to assist us in advertising the study to help us achieve a large sample size. We are primarily focusing on young, female children (ages 9, 10 and 11) and how their scores during interoception tasks relate to self-reported eating behaviours and attitudes to food. However, we also require parental involvement, particularly from mothers, to help us identify certain risk factors for the child developing an eating disorder. Some of these risk factors are related to the personality and self-esteem of the child. However, maternal eating disorders (either current or in the past), as well as maternal eating attitudes and behaviours, have been found to be a risk factor for their children developing an eating disorder later in life.  We therefore hope that you may be able to assist us in recruitment will allow us to obtain a large sample of at-risk children whose parents have a prior/current history of an eating disorder. If it is possible for you to share information about our study, we would really appreciate it.

You can read more about the project on our website

For more information, please contact me at You can also contact my supervisor at

Thank you for your time,


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