School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences


Centre for Research into Eating Disorders and Behaviours

Loughborough University Centre for Research into Eating Disorders and Behaviours is committed to conducting internationally renowned research into eating behaviours and clinical and sub-clinical eating disorders.

Professor Jon Arcelus talks about his research

Professor Arcelus, consultant psychiatrist and visiting professor in eating disorders

  • Exercise and eating disorders; including development of new evidence based measurement and management approaches.
  • Prevention, identification and management of disordered eating in athletes    
  • Infant and child feeding, including parent and caregiver feeding decisions and practices.
  • Eating behaviours in children and adolescents, including developing interventions to promote healthy food intake.
  • Parental cognition and mental health in relation to obesity, eating and feeding disorders among children.
  • Mealtime factors and mealtime interaction within the eating disorders; including experimental assessment of environmental factors.

The Centre also has Eating Behaviour Research Laboratories for adults and children. Find out more about these facilities.

Eating disorders support is available from the B-Eat website .


Exercise and eating disorders

  • The long-term predictors of compulsive exercise
  • The efficacy of a new psychological treatment aimed at reducing compulsive exercise among eating disordered patients
  • The measurement, predictors and consequences of early parent-child interactions concerning physical activity: implications for BMI and child activity levels

Eating behaviours in athletes

  • Predictors and consequences of disordered eating among athletes
  • Coach, athlete and parent/caregiver interactions around eating and exercise behaviour
  •  Identification and management of disordered eating within the sport context
  • Psychological wellbeing among athletes

Childhood obesity and feeding problems

  • Behavioural influences on children's eating behaviours (including parental feeding behaviours, peer and sibling influences)
  • Emotional eating among children
  • Cultural, social and demographic influences upon children's eating
  • Food neophobia and fussy eating
Baby and infant feeding
  • Determinants of baby/infant feeding decisions
  • Promotion of breastfeeding to young people; both pregnant and non-pregnant
  • Psychological correlates of breastfeeding behaviours

Disordered eating

  • Disordered eating attitudes and behaviours in children, adolescents and adults
  • Body dissatisfaction or body image concerns
  • Gender identity, body image, and mental health

Research with impact

  • Child Feeding Guide – an evidence-based support resource designed to help caregivers with feeding young children. Available as a website, a free mobile app, and delivered as training courses for parents/caregivers, childcare staff and health professionals.
  • Baby Feeding – a workbook and related teacher manual designed to be used with young people to challenge negative beliefs and attitudes about breastfeeding and encourage both pregnant and non-pregnant teenagers to think about methods of feeding babies.
  • Coach and athlete educational workshops and resources for the prevention, early identification and management of eating issues in sport.  
  • Support resources for parents - Advice sheet on feeding children for parents with concerns about their own eating.  Available via the website of Beat, the UK’s eating disorder charity.

Academic Visitors

Research Students

  • Bethany Jones
  • Caroline Jordan
  • Charlotte Scott
  • Emma Sharpe