Eating, weight and eating disorders

We have carried out many studies exploring the effect of stress, emotions and emotion regulation on eating behaviour.

These have included work by Nick Troop on eating disorders and disordered eating (studies on aetiology as well as evaluating interventions) and food choice and dieting, as well as that by Ben Fletcher on approaches to stimulating weight loss.

In this we collaborate with colleagues at the Institute of Psychiatry as well as in the Weight and Obesity Research Group at UH.  Specific projects include:

  • The role of currently experienced and anticipated bodily shame in predicting changes in eating and eating disorder symptoms
  • The role of disgust in predicting consumption of high and low calorie foods in restrained and unrestrained eaters
  • The interaction between social rank and attachment in predicting eating pathology
  • Two-year trajectories of changes in weight, caloric intake and disordered eating in a community sample
  • Cortisol and weight regain in formerly overweight women
  • Implementation intentions and fruit and veg intake

Our people

  • Dr Nick Troop
  • Nuriye Kupeli
  • Professor Ben Fletcher
  • Josefine Magnusson (CRIPACC)
  • Dr Wendy Wills (CRIPACC)
  • Professor Fiona Brooks (CRIPACC)


  • MRC-ESRC Interdisciplinary Award £86,000 - Dr Nick Troop, Professor Ulrike Schmidt & Professor Iain Campbell
  • British Council Small Grant £7,298Dr Nick Troop, Dr Cliff Roberts & Nuriye Kupeli