The Body Project
What is the Body Project?
The Body Project is a body-acceptance program designed to help students feel better about their bodies. Students will define and describe the “thin-ideal” present in our society and media, and the potentially harmful impact of these ideals on body image. The program encourages students to challenge the “thin ideal” through discussion and activities that have been shown to improve body image satisfaction.
This research-based program has been shown to improve body satisfaction and acceptance among college students, and reduce risks for unhealthy eating behaviors, disordered eating and eating disorders. The program has been implemented on over 100 college campuses across the country.
The program entails two 2-hours sessions (four hours total), scheduled one week apart and led by peer facilitators in small groups of six to twelve students. In order to get the most out of the program, student groups are asked to register only if they are able to attend both 2-hour sessions. The Body Project is targeted toward individuals who identify as women; however, men are welcome to participate as well.
Here's what Body Project participants have to say:
"Participating in the Body Project training was honestly life changing. The program really opened a dialogue about important issues that aren’t usually addressed. Just in the last 24 hours, my thought process has dramatically changed. I’ve always been aware of the harmful effects of the media’s skewed portrayal of beauty ideals, but this program really helped me to explore and challenge all of the messages the media is sending." - Savannah C., Student
"The Body Project has made me feel so much bolder and more qualified as a body positive advocate. It has made me realize the positive impact I can make. I am so ready to go out and try to change my community and beyond. Additionally, it pushed me to be more body confident myself so I can be a better role model. I myself feel much more confident and am ready to make other women in my community feel the same." - Autumn B., Student