Information Sheet

You are invited to take part in a research project. Please take the time to read the following information carefully to see if you would like to take part in this survey. Please get in touch with one of the researchers if you have any questions.

What is the purpose of the project?

The purpose of this project is to increase our understanding of how families discuss body weight, shape and appearance, and if/how this relates to young people’s wellbeing, eating attitudes and kindness towards themselves.  

Who is doing this research and why?

This research study is being conducted by Dr Hannah White (Lecturer in Psychology; H.J.White@lboro.ac.uk) and Dr Carolyn Plateau (Senior Lecturer in Psychology; C.R.Plateau@lboro.ac.uk) at Loughborough University. At present there is limited understanding of the nature of family communications around body weight, shape and eating, and how this relates to young people’s wellbeing, eating and kindness towards themselves. We are particularly interested in understanding these aspects within the context of COVID-19/Coronavirus, which has changed our day-to-day routines and impacted upon the time we spend at home and in the company of our families.

Who can take part?

Participants in this study should be aged between 18-25 years old.

What will I be asked to do and how long will it take?

  • You will be asked to complete an online survey containing questions related to how you and your family discuss body shape and weight, your psychological wellbeing, feelings of compassion towards yourself and your attitudes towards eating, shape and weight.

  • The questionnaires should take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

  • Some questions are personal, but you do not have to answer any questions you do not want to.

Once I take part, can I change my mind?

After you have read this information and asked any questions you may have if you are happy to participate we will ask you to provide informed consent. However, if at any time before or during the survey you wish to withdraw, simply close your browser and your responses will be discarded. Once your responses have been submitted, it will not be possible to withdraw your individual data from the research.

What are the possible benefits of participating?

All participants who complete the survey will be given the opportunity to be entered into a prize draw to win one of five £25 Amazon vouchers.

Are there any disadvantages or risks in participating?

There are no anticipated risks in participating in this study. However, some of the questions may raise issues that you need to discuss further. If you have any concerns, please contact one of the following:

  • Your GP

  • BEAT – the UK’s eating disorder charity supporting anyone affected by eating difficulties (0808 801 0677)

  • MIND – a service offering advice and support to anyone experience mental health problems (0300 123 3393)

Data Protection Privacy Notice

Loughborough University will be using information/data from you in order to undertake this study and will act as the data controller for this study. This means that Loughborough University is responsible for looking after your information and using it properly.

What personal information will be collected from me?

You will be asked to provide some demographic information about yourself (e.g., your age, sex, ethnicity, height and weight). There will also be questions about your psychological wellbeing, feelings of compassion towards yourself and your attitudes towards eating, shape and weight. You do not have to answer any questions that you do not want to.

What happens to the information I provide?

All the information you provide will be kept anonymous and confidential. Only the research team will have access to the anonymous questionnaires. All data will be kept securely and held for five years (until 25/06/25), in line with the Data Protection Act and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Under the General Data Protection Regulations personal data will be processed on the public task basis. A report of the project may be submitted for publication, but individual participants will not be identifiable.

Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), some of the personal data which will be collected from you is categorised as “sensitive data”. The processing of this data is necessary for scientific research in accordance with safeguards. This means that study has gone through an ethical committee to ensure that the appropriate safeguards are put in place with respect to the use of your personal data.

I have some more questions; who should I contact?

Further information can be obtained from either Dr Hannah White (H.J.White@lboro.ac.uk) or Dr Carolyn Plateau (C.R.Plateau@lboro.ac.uk).

What if I am not happy with how the research was conducted?

If you are not happy with how the research was conducted, please contact the Secretary of the Ethics Approvals (Human Participants) Sub-Committee, Research Office, Hazlerigg Building, Loughborough University, Epinal Way, Loughborough, LE11 3TU.  Tel: 01509 222423.  Email: researchpolicy@lboro.ac.uk

The University also has policies relating to Research Misconduct and Whistle Blowing which are available online at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/committees/ethics-approvals-human-participants/additionalinformation/codesofpractice/

If you require any further information regarding the General Data Protection Regulations, please see: https://www.lboro.ac.uk/privacy/research-privacy/.

If you are happy to take part, please continue to the next page.

Thank you for your help with this project.


Investigators: Dr Hannah White (H.J.White@lboro.ac.uk) and Dr Carolyn Plateau (C.R.Plateau@lboro.ac.uk). School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU.