Charles Perkins Centre Gut Microbiome and Nutritional Ecology nodes, QIMR Berghofer, Brain & Mind Centre


Chief InvestigatorUniversity SupervisorClosing Date
A/Prof. Andrew HolmesA/Prof. Sarah Maguire1 Dec, 2023
Chief InvestigatorA/Prof. Andrew Holmes
University SupervisorA/Prof. Sarah Maguire
Closing Date1 Dec, 2023

About the research trial

A significant gap in knowledge in understanding the process and outcomes of dieting in a population who report very high levels of it – young people. Dieting is the single strongest predictor of the onset of an eating disorder. The natural physiology of dieting will be followed during this longitudinal study, assessing psychological, physiological and behavioural responses, in those who frequently engage in dieting (16-25 years). Our aim is to identify underlying biological and psychological changes in response to dieting, how these impact dieting adherence, dieting outcomes and to determine if any markers of risk (i.e., through neuro, endocrine, gut microbes, physiology) can be determined for unhealthy dieting and the onset of an eating disorder.

Recruitment details

You can take part in this study if you are:

  • Aged 16-25 years 
  • Intend to start a diet within the month, that lasts for longer than a couple of weeks
  • Have a phone or computer, internet access, and can read/write English

Register your interest here:​urveys/?s=KP7EY8H7CP8A7ARW