The Body Project is a dissonance-based body-acceptance program designed to help college-age women resist cultural pressures to conform to the thin-ideal standard of female beauty and reduce their pursuit of unhealthy thinness.
Trained peer leaders facilitate conversation related to personal experiences with body image, discuss how culture and society impact the way you feel about your own body, and challenge “fat talk” while learning how to respond. The Body Project is not a support group for those with disordered eating concerns, but rather a space to learn about positive body image and to feel empowered and confident in your own skin!
The Body Project is supported by more research than any other body image program and has been found to reduce:
- Appearance ideal internalization
- Body dissatisfaction
- Negative mood
- Unhealthy dieting
- Eating disorder symptoms
Request a Body Project Workshop or Presentation
Request a workshop of your own or request a presentation by completing the Health Promotion Request Form!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Body Project?
The Body Project is a peer led conversation related to your experiences with body image, thinking about how culture and society impact the way you feel about your own body, while challenging “fat talk” and learning how to respond. The Body Project is not a support group for those with disordered eating concerns, but rather is a space to learn about body image and to feel empowered and confident in your own skin!
How long is the Body Project workshop?
The Body Project is designed to be facilitated in two 2-hour sessions, scheduled one week apart. While we recommend that each group complete the entire program in this format to achieve the maximum benefit, we know that may not fit with your group’s schedule and can also work with you to design something that better suits your needs.
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.
How many students are needed for a group?
We recommend a minimum of 7 students and a maximum of 12 students to make for good conversation. It is the responsibility of the person making the program request to recruit participants and remind them to attend.
What is the ideal location for the workshop?
Because of the sensitive nature of the conversations that happen during the Body Project, we recommend holding your facilitation in a quiet, private, and comfortable location like a private lounge or conference room. The group should be able to sit comfortably in a circle so that everyone participating in the conversation can see each other.
Who can participate?
The Body Project is designed for individuals who identify as women; however, anyone is welcome to participate.
What if I'm interested in the Body Project, but don't have a large enough group?
We want to make the Body Project available to everyone on campus! If you have a group that’s interested in participating but do not have the recommended 7 - 12 people, or if you’d like to participate in a discussion as an individual, consider registering for one of the upcoming scheduled workshops. Or you may email Emily Hegg at email@example.com to be added to our interest list to be included in a future group.
Visit the Body Project Collaborative website for more information about the research behind the Body Project program.