Participants Wanted

Research to help develop male-centered treatment for men with eating disorders

With eating disorders increasingly becoming more prevalent in men, researchers at Western Sydney University are embarking on a new study to understand more about men’s experiences of the condition, and improve the types of male-centered treatments that are available.

Ms. Priyanka Thapliyal from the School of Medicine is conducting the study as part of her PhD. She is working as part of a team that includes Professor Phillipa Hay and Dr. Deborah Mitchison also from the University’s School of Medicine, Dr Janet Conti from the School of Social Sciences and Psychology, and Masters student, Alice Coen.

Ms. Thapliyal says that males are certainly not immune to experiencing eating disorders, with the National Association for Males with Eating Disorders reporting that one in four individuals with eating disorders are now men.

“Some of the most frequent concerns that males experience are problems with binge eating as well as the use of steroids to bulk muscles,” says Ms. Thapliyal.

“We know through the team’s previous research, that single gender, or men only, treatment centers can be beneficial for men who have experienced an eating disorder.

“Many men reported the male-centered treatment was positive, because it felt like a client-therapist partnership, and they felt therapist had good knowledge and expertise in treating eating disorders.

“However there were also some negative experiences, with some men feeling there was limited availability of sessions, a perceived prejudice towards men with eating disorders, and some feeling like their therapy was more about ‘money making’ rather than helpful treatment.

“We want to expand this further and learn more from this next phase of the research, so we can best tailor treatment interventions which can lead to more positive, client-centered treatment.”

Males 18 years and older who have experienced an eating disorder and who are interested in being interviewed for the study, are encouraged to contact Priyanka Thapliyal on 0437 928 690, p.thapliyal@westernsydney.edu.au.

The research is approved by the University Ethics Committee, No H11464.


RESEARCH VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Males ages 18 or older who have a history of an eating disorder (anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa) are needed for a research study of the course of an eating disorder. This is a longitudinal study with data collection at 3 time points across a year’s time; thus, research study participation will last about 1 year. Monetary compensation (the opportunity to earn $310) will be provided for completing this study, run by Dr. Anna Bardone-Cone of the Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For more information please call 919-843-0974 or email us at rredstudy@unc.edu or visit us online at www.rredstudy.org


1) Annie Robinson has recently launched a series on Health Story Collaborative called “On the Road to Recovered: Voices from the Eating Disorder Recovery Community“. The series profiles courageous individuals in recovery from eating disorders who I have had the honor of encountering along my own recovery path. Each week, an audio story and accompanying article is published. Annie would love to profile several men in the series. The interview can be done by phone, lasts 30-60 minutes, and the final piece can be anonymous. If you are interested, please contact arobinson@healthstorycollaborative.org.

2) Find A Cure Panel for Binge Eating Disorder (BED)/NOT Bulimia – US only. Find A Cure Panel is looking for US participants for qualitative research who have been diagnosed with Binge Eating Disorder but have NOT been diagnosed with Bulimia and are currently receiving treatment for their BED. It’s very easy to participate. It’s one online diary with one follow up call with one moderator.

Participation is confidential and anonymous.

For those who participate, FACP will donate $200 to a non profit of respondent choice. If you are interested, please email FACP at info@findacurepanel.com and reference FACP/BED/NAMED.