Hungry for Words: Creative approaches to start the conversation about eating disorders in men

April 2022

We are excited to share that our German partner, Landesfachstelle Essstoerungen NRW, has adapted our training tool on eating disorders.

November 2021

We're delighted to announce that the Hungry for Words project won the Research Project of the Year (Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences) in the Times Higher Education Awards 2021 - the "Oscars" of higher education.

We'd like to dedicate the award to the boys and men who shared their experiences of eating disorders with us - with courage to overcome stigma, creativity, and trust in us. This has allowed us to create training tools for doctors and others that make a real difference to how they treat this often-overlooked patient group.

Professor Heike Bartel said “I am thrilled that the award recognises the power of arts and humanities to tell these stories that need to be heard urgently. Our collaborations with artists and translators are an important part of this, and I am grateful to the university, the AHRC and Wellcome for giving me the opportunity, time, and funding to undertake this work. This is what universities and funders should do; take risks and put trust in researchers' ideas when taking on challenging projects. We are determined to use the momentum of this award to drive our work further.”

The judges described Hungry for Words as “a strong, coherent project already enjoying considerable impact in terms of awareness, stigma challenge, therapeutic attention and organisational recognition and benefit”.

Trophy for winning the Times Higher Education Award 2021

September 2021

The project 'Hungry for Words', led by Dr Heike Bartel has been shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Award 2021 in the category 'Research Project of the Year: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences'.

The shortlisting statement notes:

Eating disorders in men and boys are rising sharply. ‘Hungry for Words’ has addressed this pressing situation and transformed the understanding of this complex illness via an interdisciplinary AHRC and Wellcome-funded project on patient-centred narratives of EDs in literature and other media. The project generated new resources that have won the endorsement of three key medical bodies and reached over 500,000 medical practitioners. Winners will be announced on 25th Nov. 2021.

Awards website

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August 2021

Author and comedian Dave Chawner talks about his 'Comedy for Coping' project in collaboration with Dr Heike Bartel, University of Nottingham. Listen to the interview on youtube.

July 2021

We are proud to announce Dr Heike Bartel's role as Co-I in the project 'Eating Disorders: Delineating illness and recovery trajectories to inform personalised prevention and early intervention in young people (EDIFY)', led by Professor Ulrike Schmidt at Kings College London and Dr Helen Sharpe at the University of Edinburgh  (£3.8m, four years starting Sept. 2021).  

This project will see researchers work directly with young people with eating disorders to develop an interdisciplinary, evidence-based model of how these conditions develop and how young people recover. Heike Bartel will co-lead the arts-humanities strand of this project researching how interdisciplinary narratives of illness and recovery and creative methods such as theatre, writing and comedy can be used to increase understanding amongst the public and professionals

Find out more about the project

December 2020

Dr Heike Bartel (School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies), was shortlisted for the 2020 ‘Best public engagement initiative’ prize, for her work on eating disorders in men and boys. The annual awards are run by the Institute for Policy and Engagement, and aim to celebrate and recognise the excellent work carried out by researchers and academics in achieving policy impact and engaging the public with current research. Congratulations to Heike on this recognition of her important work.

Heike Bartel's monograph is out: Men Writing Eating Disorders. Autobiographical Writing and Illness Experience in English and German Narratives (Bingley: Emerald, 2020).

June 2020

We are proud to announce that our training tool 'Consider Eating Disorders in Men' has received endorsement by the Royal College of Nursing and accreditation by the Royal College of General Practitioners.

We are also proud that our animation is now being used by the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych and RCPsych in Scotland) as a training tool. See:

Hungry for Words

Creative approaches to start the
conversation about eating disorders in men

telephone:0115 95 15816