Investigating body size perception of children ages 2 to 11

Children ages 2 to 11 years (and their consenting parents) are invited to take part in our ongoing studies:

Study 1 – We are collecting 3D photographs of children ages 3-10 so we can create a realistic set of pictures to represent what children in the U.K look like. All of the anonymized body size and shape information from the 3D photographs will be put together to create a tool that will help parents and health professionals correctly assess children’s health and weight. In our purpose built private lab, our special 3D scanner will take your child’s 3D photo while dressed in their own underwear.

Study 2 – Can children aged 7-11 can accurately estimate body size? What do they want to look like as children and when they grow up? We are also looking at the influence of the media (watching television for example) on children’s body size perceptions. Children are shown a set of 10 computer-generated pictures of children their own age and gender and asked their opinions about them.

Study 3 -This study aims to find out if children ages 4-6 can accurately judge body size and where on the body they are looking to help them make those judgements. On a computer screen with a special invisible eye tracking camera, children are shown 4 simple images of children the same age and gender, and asked some questions, for example ‘which child looks most like you?’ We also measure children’s height, weight and waist so we can calculate children’s accuracy in the task.

All children receive a sticker and a small goody bag as a thank you for taking part. Additionally, parents of participating children aged 2-3 will receive a gift voucher to the value of £20.

For more information, or take part in one or more of our studies please email:

All of our studies have been approved by The School of Psychology Ethics Committee. If you have any concerns about these studies, then please contact the School of Psychology Research Ethics Committee on


Body Image Training Programme

We are looking for females aged 18 to 45 to take part in a body size perception training programme. This will involve a variety of tasks: questionnaires, creating your own body and ideal body using an interactive 3D figure modelling programme, and a computerized training programme. These sessions will take place over a 28-day period (days 1, 2, 3, 4, 14 and 28). You will be paid £30 for your participation!

To participate please email

Models wanted: 3D Body Data Bank

We are looking for people of all ages, shapes and sizes to help us build this important resource for researchers and health professionals alike. You are invited into our lab where we will photograph you using our state-of-the-art 3D body scanner and collect your biometric measurements. As a thankyou you will receive a copy of your body composition data and an opportunity to take a snap of your 3D self!

To participate please email one of the researchers:

Study into men’s body image

We are currently carrying out research which aims to improve our understanding of what environmental factors influence or shape men’s attitudes towards, and experiences of, their bodies. We are looking for White and Black (of African or Black Caribbean background) men ages 18-45 to take part. The study involves you creating your ‘ideal body’ using an interactive 3D figure modelling programme – no experience or technically ability necessary! You will also need to provide some details about yourself, such as age, weight, height, etc. and respond to some short questionnaires. The whole procedure only takes about 30 minutes and you will receive free snack / protein bars as a thank you for your participation.

To participate, please email

Participants Wanted: Study into perceptions of your own body and face

We are currently looking for people of any gender to take part in a study looking at the ways in which people perceive their own bodies and faces. This study is conducted online, and will involve answering questions relating to how you see yourself, and how you think others might see you.

We are particularly interested in the views of people who identify as gender non-binary or gender non-conforming.

If you would like to take part then please email

Thank you for your interest in this study.