The Body Project



Overview

The Women's Center invites UofL female identifying students to participate in The Body Project!

The Women's Center is partnering with the Eating Anxiety Treatment (EAT) lab and clinic in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at UofL to bring The Body Project to UofL. Sign-up deadline September 3 for Group 1 & September 11 for Group 2.

The Body Project is a dissonance-based body acceptance program designed to help high school girls and college-age women resist cultural pressures to conform to an appearance ideal standard of female beauty and reduce their pursuit of thinness.

The Body Project, which is run in small groups, is supported by more research than any other body image program. You are invited to participate in this prevention program as well as a research study that will analyze the data gathered from University of Louisville’s campus to test the effectiveness of the intervention.

The Body Project Protocols 

Participants complete consent form (Must be 18+ and a student). Upon receiving the consent form, they are assigned a randomized ID.

Participants complete Initial Set of Questionnaires

Upon completing the study, students may be eligible to be trained in the Body Project and become leaders.

Group 1

  • September 10 6-8pm, location TBA
  • September 17 6-8pm, location TBA
Group 2
  • September 18 6-8pm, location TBA
  • September 25 6-8pm, location TBA

Background

The Body Project Collaborative was formed in 2012 by Drs. Eric Stice and Carolyn Becker to create new training opportunities for people interested in facilitating the Body Project.

Dr. Stice created the Body Project and Dr. Becker pioneered the strategy of training collegiate peer-leaders to facilitate Body Project groups in university settings. To date, the Body Project has been used by numerous high schools and over 130 college campuses in the US and Canada, and has been implemented in over 10 countries.

Research supports the use of the Body Project not only with those who have elevated body dissatisfaction, but also in more diverse groups of adolescent girls and young women that include those with lower levels of body dissatisfaction.

Research Support

Randomized controlled trials conducted by over 10 independent research labs have shown that the Body
Project reduces:

  • Appearance ideal internalization
  • Body dissatisfaction
  • Negative mood
  • Unhealthy dieting
  • Eating disorder symptoms

In addition, there is evidence that the Body Project reduces the risk for future onset of obesity, results in improved psychosocial functioning, and reduces mental
health care utilization.

Lastly, the Body Project has been found to reduce risk for future onset of eating disorders, which means the Body Project can prevent at least some eating disorders.