Ohio University

The Body Project

Did you know

  • Americans spend over $60 billion on dieting and diet-related products each year?
  • And that only 5% of women have the body type seen in almost all advertising?

Come join the Body Project — a group of students working together to decrease adherence to the appearance ideal and increase body acceptance!

Explanation

The Body Project is a group-based prevention program designed to increase body acceptance and decrease risk factors for the development of eating disorders. The program is evidence-based and has been found to decrease belief in the appearance ideal, decrease risk factors for eating disorders, and decrease risk for future eating disorders.

 

Read the research, From efficacy to effectiveness to broad implementation: Evolution of The Body Project (PDF)

Participation

The program is open to Ohio University students. Participation requires commitment to attend four, weekly one-hour sessions. Participants will engage in open conversations led by peer educators about body image and body activism in a comfortable environment. Content is focused on the female appearance ideal and the project is considered female-targeted. However, it is not a requirement for participants to identify as female. Male, trans, or non-binary students can participate. If you’re interested, email OUBodyProject@ohio.edu for more information.

Disclaimer: Content of the program may be triggering. The Body Project is not treatment for persons struggling with eating disorders or disordered eating. Counseling and Psychological Services offers support to those who struggle with body image concerns, disordered eating, and/or eating disorders. Please attend a drop-in, available Monday – Friday from 9:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m., at the Hudson Health Center, 3rd floor to learn about available services and support. 


 

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