School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Research

Centre for Research into Eating Disorders and Behaviours

Loughborough University Eating Behaviour Research Laboratory

Welcome to the Eating Behaviour Research Laboratory webpage. The laboratory is designed for the study of human appetite, individual differences in eating behaviour, and factors associated with the development and maintenance of eating disorders.

Facilities

The laboratory is located in the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine building.  It consists of a fitted kitchen, individual testing booths and two social eating spaces.  One of the social eating spaces is a child-friendly eating area, which also includes a play area complete with an array of toys. Both of the social eating spaces are set up with a one-way mirror and a series of camcorders which enable children’s eating behaviours and play activities to be monitored (by caregivers and researchers) unobtrusively. The kitchen contains food storage, refrigeration and cooking facilities, and equipment for the preparation, weighing and serving of foods. Weighing scales and a stadiometer permit the accurate measurement of weight and height in order that body mass index (BMI) can be calculated. The individual testing cubicles are designed to allow privacy during eating episodes and completion of questionnaires. In addition, the laboratory has eye-tracking technology. Other equipment includes a wide variety of psychometric measures to assess mood state, somatic sensations, personality factors, stress, depression, and individual differences in eating behaviour. These extensive facilities enable examination of a variety of factors that can influence eating behaviour and food choice. In addition to strictly controlled laboratory-based studies, we also conduct research in the field and with a variety of clinical and non-clinical populations.

Further information

For further information about our research, or to register your interest in participating as a study volunteer, please don't hesitate to contact us. Whether you are a student, staff or member of the community we would be delighted to hear from you.

Please contact:

Dr. Emma Haycraft:  E.Haycraft@lboro.ac.uk; Tel: (01509) 228160

or

Dr. Gemma Witcomb: G.L.Witcomb@lboro.ac.uk; Tel: (01509) 223084