Hungry for Words: Creative approaches to shape healthcare and address health inequalities

hand drawn pictures and text describing eating disorders in men

The interdisciplinary projects led by Prof Heike Bartel explore how arts and humanities can shape healthcare and address health inequalities.

Current projects focus on:

Project aims

Still from the video showing four men standing in a line

Consider Eating Disorders in Men animation

Post it notes for creating poems


Poetry written from the perspectives of people affected by ‘disordered’ eating

Publications and papers open on a table during meeting

Publications and articles

Person sitting down being filmed



Project overview

Hear about some of the creative approaches used to explore and give voice to the issues.

Latest news

March 2024

Together with EDIFY, we launched the study 'Expressions of Experiences of Eating Disorders'.

23-24 February 2024

Workshop to explore participatory photography and mental health collaborating with Nottingham's City as LAB, PhotoVoice and Photo Lab .

1 February 2024

Heike Bartel's 'Hungry for Words' project wins the University of Nottingham Knowledge Exchange and Impact Award (Faculty of Arts). 

See all project news

Latest events

  • No scheduled events. Check back regularly for information as events are arranged.

Information about previous project events



Getting support

If any of the issues raised on this website affect you or someone you know you can get help.

  • Book an appointment at your GP practice
  • Tell someone who is understanding (trusted friends and family members, teachers, nurses, colleagues)
  • Contact one of the eating disorders support organisations listed below.


Republic of Ireland




Image at top of page extract of hand drawn illustration created at Men Cafe, Being Human 2020. Image copyright Pen Mendonca.

Hungry for Words

Creative approaches to shape healthcare
and address health inequalities

telephone:0115 95 15816