The Body Project
The Body Project (TBP) is an evidence-based body acceptance and eating disorder prevention program designed to help individuals resist sociocultural beauty standards, including the “thin ideal.” Evidence shows that TBP reduces feelings of body dissatisfaction, negative moods, unhealthy dieting, and disordered eating.
TBP consists of a series of verbal, written, and behavioral exercises that prompt participants to critique the thin ideal. TBP is conducted in small groups which meet for four one-hour sessions and are led by trained program facilitators.
The objectives of participation in The Body Project include:
1) Defining the “appearance” ideal and exploring its origin.
2) Examining the cost of pursuing this ideal.
3) Exploring ways to resist pressures to conform to unrealistic standards of beauty.
4) Discussing how to challenge personal body-related concerns.
5) Learning new ways to talk more positively about our bodies.
6) Talking about how we can best respond to future pressures to conform to societal standards of beauty.
As a participant of The Body Project, you can expect to:
1) Challenge unwanted comments about bodies.
2) Improve your own self-image.
3) Connect with others who have been impacted by complicated relationships with food.
4) Commit to making positive change as a group.
Past participants of The Body Project have shared the following:
“I am glad I took this opportunity. I feel uplifted and have hope for the future.”
"I really enjoyed this workshop and appreciate you taking the time to talk this through with us. As women, we go through a lot of body image/self-image issues. It feels nice knowing that I'm not alone in this journey with trying to love myself and be confident."
"It was interesting to unpack the appearance ideal and how we are technically part of the problem in spreading it and keeping it alive. Through this training, I think we're all better equipped to take this on."
"This was educational, uplifting, and enlightening. Can't wait to use what I learned here and stop cyclical and generational body shaming in my family."
"I really took a lot from this training. I feel a lot more confident in my ability to challenge my friends and family."
"This program was great and opened my eyes to so many things and changes I can do in my daily life."
You can read more about The Body Project on the website for the National Eating Disorders Association.
If you are interested in becoming involved with The Body Project as a participant or facilitator, please email WELLWVU at firstname.lastname@example.org.