July 18, 2019
Māori eating disorders on research menu
University of Otago researchers are looking for 20 Māori with experience of eating disorders.
University spokesperson Matiu Workman says the Tangata Kōmuramura study was created after Te Rau Hinengaro, the New Zealand Mental Health Survey, indicated that Māori experience eating disorders at similar rates to the general population.
Lead researcher Mauterangimarie Clark at the Christchurch campus is looking for people with experience of anorexia, bulimia, and other conditions involving a mix of food and psychological distress.
"They're looking for people who identify as Māori, who are over the age of 16, who have a current or past eating disorder or who have supported someone who is Māori with an eating disorder as well so if you are whānau of somebody and you are a little unsure about these sorts of processes and stuff this research project will be right up your alley," Mr Workman says.
If you are interested in getting involved in the study, please contact Mauterangimarie Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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