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The Costs of Eating Disorders in New Zealand

The purpose of this survey is to obtain information about the financial and other costs of eating disorders in New Zealand from those with a history of an eating disorder or those who have cared for someone with an eating disorder.

We are also interested in how individuals view the causes of their eating disorder, their experiences of treatment and factors related to recovery.

This study is in two parts:

  1. The online survey
  2. An interview with those who wish to tell us more about their experiences, either as a carer or as a person with a history of an eating disorder. If you have a history of an eating disorder and consent to the interview, we will ask you to complete a short questionnaire booklet about how you see your coping style, self-esteem and personality.

You do not have to take part in both aspects of the study. If you are willing to be contacted about the interview or other related future research, please tick the box at the end of the survey or email the research team directly (details below).

Who are the researchers?

This project is a collaborative project between researchers at:

Who can participate?

We invite you to participate if you:

  • Have a current or past eating disorder
  • Have cared for someone with an eating disorder
  • Are 16 years or over

About the survey

We estimate that this survey will take approximately 30 minutes to complete, although if you choose to enter more detail in the free text boxes, that will take longer.

The survey questions ask about the following areas for you (or if you are a carer, for the person you cared for)

  • Brief information about you
  • Brief information about the eating condition and its physical effects
  • Impact on the person’s / carer’s ability to work or study
  • Your income so we can calculate the financial impacts of the eating disorder
  • Type of treatment received and treatment costs
  • Other costs of the eating disorder
  • Your experiences of treatment
  • Your thoughts on the causes of the eating disorder
  • Your views on helpful factors for recovery
  • Any other matters you think are important- there is space to write your comments

Your privacy

The research team based at the University of Otago, Christchurch will treat all information gathered in the strictest confidence.

We will only report summaries in any reports and scientific publications, and for the free text comments, we will ensure that no information is published that could identify any individual.

The results of the survey will be published in a scientific journal and a version of it will be made publically available on the EDANZ website and to relevant agencies with an interest in eating disorders in New Zealand.

  • Your participation in this research study is voluntary. You may choose not to participate
  • If you decide to participate in this research survey, you may withdraw at any time
  • Your survey will be allocated a unique research number
  • If you give your contact details for the second part of the study, we will store your name and contact details separately from your survey data in a password protected file
  • This research has been approved by the Health and Disability Ethics Committee (16/NTB/189) for research involving human subjects

For further information

For further information about the interview or to take part in an interview

Contact Roma Watterson
Tel +64 22 405 4649

For queries about this this survey or other aspects of the research

Contact Jenny Jordan
Tel +64 3 372 0400

To talk to someone who isn’t involved with the study

Contact an independent health and disability advocate

Tel 0800 555 050 (from within New Zealand only)
Fax 0800 2 SUPPORT (0800 2 7877678) (from within New Zealand only)

For Māori health support

Contact Karen Keelan, Māori Advisor, Research
Tel +64 3 364 1658

Ethics approval

Contact the health and disability ethics committee (HDEC) that approved this study

Tel 0800 4 ETHICS (0800 4 38442)

Complete the Cost of Eating Disorders survey

  • If I decide to withdraw from the study, I agree that the information collected about me up to the point when I withdraw may continue to be processed.
  • I consent to anonymised information I provide for this study being used in other related research that has ethical approval.
  • By clicking on one of the links below, I am consenting to take part in this study.

Proceed with the CONSUMER survey - for those who have had an eating disorder
Proceed with the CARER survey - for those who have cared for someone with an eating disorder