The Body Project
What is it?
Backed by two decades of research and evaluation data, the Body Project is a group-based intervention that provides a forum for women and girls to confront unrealistic beauty ideals and engages them in the development of healthy body image through verbal, written, and behavioral exercises. The Body Project was developed by researchers at Stanford University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Oregon Research Institute, and has been delivered to over one million young women around the world.
The conceptual basis for the Body Project is that if girls and young women voluntarily argue against the societal appearance-ideal, this will result in a reduced subscription to this ideal and to consequent decreases in eating disorder risk factors and eating disordered behaviors.
Visit https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/ for more info on the program!
Who is it for?
This program is designed for high school and college aged girls. It is in a group format and we would meet once weekly for four weeks. The time frame and schedule can be adjusted for each groups' needs.
Define the “appearance” ideal and explore its origin
Examine the costs of pursuing this ideal
Explore ways to resist pressures to conform to unrealistic standards of beauty
Discuss how to challenge personal body-related concerns
Learn new ways to talk more positively about our bodies
Talk about how we can best respond to future pressures to conform to societal standards of beauty