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Jade Eccles

Jade Eccles

About Research


Previously I have studied at St Mary’s University, Twickenham for both my undergraduate and postgraduate courses. For my undergraduate degree, I studied a BSc in Sports Coaching Science, achieving a First Class with Honours, and for my postgraduate degree, I studied a MSc in Applied Sport Psychology, achieving a Distinction. The focus of both my dissertations for my BSc and MSc were on eating attitudes and disordered eating in martial arts athletes, both of a qualitative nature.

My research interests are in disordered eating of martial arts athletes, specifically judo players.


Research profile

PhD Title: A critical exploration of body image and disordered eating in male judokas.

The overarching topic and issue that I am addressing in my PhD is disordered eating and concerns surrounding body image in the male athlete population, specifically elite male judo players. This area of research is important because this population, in particular, are relatively underrepresented within the existing disordered eating and body image literature. Due to the nature of judo with weight cutting being a regular occurrence, this issue is vast and therefore deserves more attention. Throughout my programme of research, my aim is to longitudinally study this population to gain more of an in-depth understanding and knowledge of these experiences and practices. One benefit that could arise from the PhD research is a wider understanding amongst this population and the relevant stakeholders, such as coaches, which could lead them to develop healthier practices and better understand their own behaviours and experiences.


  • Dr Stacy Winter
  • Dr Ross Wadey

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