National Eating Disorders Association

Please note: This program is a prevention program. If you or a loved one are looking for support for an active eating disorder, we recommend you contact our Helpline for support options.

NEDA is closely monitoring the rapidly evolving COVID-19 outbreak. The health of our community, especially those who are most vulnerable to the virus' serious complications, remains paramount. Upcoming Body Project trainings may be rescheduled or go virtual. If you are registered for an upcoming training, please check your email for updates.

Thirty million people in the United States will struggle with a clinically significant eating disorder at some point in their lives. Prevention and early intervention efforts aimed to increase body acceptance can reduce disordered eating symptoms and help to create an environment that encourages healthy recovery. Numerous studies have linked exposure to prevalent “appearance-ideal” in mass media to body dissatisfaction and disordered eating. 

Research has shown when women/girls talk about the appearance-ideal (sometimes referred to as the thin-ideal, beauty-ideal, or cultural-ideal) portrayed in the mass media, and discuss how to challenge pressures to conform to these pressures, it makes them feel better about their bodies. 

The Body Project is a group-based intervention that provides a forum for high school girls and college aged women to confront unrealistic appearance ideals and develop healthy body image and self-esteem. It has repeatedly been shown to effectively reduce body dissatisfaction, negative mood, unhealthy dieting and disordered eating.

High School Facilitator Training

High School Facilitator Training

This training will prepares facilitators to distribute the Body Project to high school girls in line with the evidence-based program.

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College Training

College Facilitator Training

This training will prepare facilitators to distribute the Body Project to college aged women in line with the evidence based program.

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The Body Project Experience

The Body Project Experience Workshop

The Body Project Experience is a workshop based on the effectiveness of the Body Project curriculum available for folks looking to experience the benefits of the program exercises.

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Alternative Versions

Alternative Versions

Looking for an alternative script for your school?

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Recovery is important to us here at NEDA. We require that applicants with personal experience who are interested in getting involved with the National Eating Disorders Association have two years of strong recovery due to the intense and triggering nature of this program.

NEDA is here to support you during the evolving COVID-19 outbreak. The health of our community, especially those who are most vulnerable to the virus' serious complications, remains paramount. To access resources that can provide free and low-cost support, please click here.

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