Altered Eating Research Network

Thought for food

Welcome to the Altered Eating Research Network. The Network formed in 2018 to address difficulties around food and eating in a comprehensive way and as a trans-diagnostic concern. Altered eating may be the result of disease, illness, life-course transitions and/or external contextual issues and may involve time-limted or chronic difficulties with food and eating - see our list of 'who has altered eating'.  The Altered Eating Framework addresses the physical to the social and emotional consequences; and our team is developing a menu of interventions to address eating disruption (for example: smell and taste training, cooking workshops, coping tips and hints). The network also considers broader contexual issues that may result in Altered Eating difficulties from source to senses - including climate change impacts on the availability and cost of food, economic and social change, and the sensory experience of 'ultra-processed' foods.  The AE Research Network is developing a public interface for the many  people whose difficulties with food and eating are under-recognised and unsupported - follow this link to support this work here.  For more information on altered eating view our new paper on AE. See also our instagram and twitter feeds @alteredeating.

In March 2018 Sam Storey, cook for the Altered Eating Research Network, was shortlisted as one of three finalists for the 2018 BBC Food and Farming Award 'Cook of the Year'. More information about Sam and the award result on our twitter feed @alteredeating

News and events

Eat along day with Altered Eating for General Practitioners

Chris Hole Day: an eat along event for General Practitioners

Big Lottery Award for mobile teaching kitchen and hub

Big Lottery award for mobile teaching kitchen

Altered Eating at Whitley Bay Film Festival

Chocolate themed smell and eat along events

Questionnaire: do you have altered eating?

Questionnaire: do you have altered eating?

Altered Eating on BBC Newcastle

Having fun with Skittles and sniffing

BBC Food Award cook of the year - the result!

The BBC Food Awards Ceremony in Bristol - the result

BBC Food programme features AE

The Food Programme introduces the three finalists and history of the 'cook of the year' award. Sam, Vincent and survivor participants Val and Ray talk about altered eating (listen from 16:36)

Patient information day: smell and taste loss

A get together around food with Sam the cook

BBC Visit North East

BBC Food and Farming judges visit North Tyneside

BBC Food and Farming Award

Research cook Sam Storey shortlisted for 'cook of the year'

Christmas graze

Christmas with Altered Eating

Tasting day with Whitley High

Sensory experiments with students from Whitley Bay High School