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Body Image Prevention

Reflections: Body Image Program

The purpose of Reflections is to help sorority sisters establish and maintain a positive body image. As the first scientifically supported evidence-based eating disorders prevention program designed for and with sororities, Reflections endeavors to help participants resist the ultra-thin, unrealistic ideal standard of female beauty prevalent in today’s society. Using highly interactive, peer-led, small groups, Reflections is a two-day, intervention program designed by experts and implemented through trained peer leaders on college campuses throughout North America. The program does not focus on eating disorders; rather, it emphasizes creating and reaffirming positive and healthy personal body image through a variety of structured discussions, activities, and exercises. To that end, sorority members learn to embrace the healthy-ideal and reduce their own body dissatisfaction by decreasing "fat talk" in their daily life, engaging in Sorority Body Activism and embracing all of the wonderful non-appearance related aspects of themselves and their sisters.

The Reflections Program offers training through the Body Image Academy (BIA). This is a three-day interactive workshop designed to prepare students and/or professional staff to implement the Reflections: Body Image Program in their respective organizations. Tri Delta’s creation of the college eating disorder BIA enables organizations—including other Greek-letter organizations and colleges and universities—to adopt, adapt and facilitate the program according to their own needs and structure while still maintaining the integrity of the overall research design and program model.

For additional information, please refer to their website: http://thecenter.tridelta.org/our-programs/reflections-body-image-program

The Body Project

The Body Project is a cognitive-dissonance-based body-acceptance intervention that was designed to help adolescent girls and young women resist socio-cultural pressures to conform to the thin ideal and reduce their pursuit of thinness. A reduction in thin-ideal internalization should result in improved body satisfaction and improved mood, reduced use of unhealthy weight-control behaviors, and decreased binge eating and other eating disorder symptoms.

Randomized prevention trials conducted by at least five independent labs have found that the Body Project eating disorder prevention program reduces thin-ideal internalization, body dissatisfaction, negative mood, unhealthy dieting, and eating disorder symptoms. This intervention has also been found to reduce risk for future onset of eating disorder symptoms. In addition, there is evidence that the Body Project intervention reduces the risk for future onset of obesity, results in improved psychosocial functioning, and reduces mental health care utilization.

For additional information, please refer to their website: www.ori.org/thebodyproject/

The Body Positive

The Body Positive College Program offers an integrated approach to improve and expand a university’s capacity to provide prevention and early intervention initiatives for students with eating and body image problems. The program improves collaboration between departments, leading to more effective treatment of students with eating problems. The Body Positive provides the training, educational materials, and leadership needed to initiate powerful, peer-led mental health initiatives aimed at building Body Positive campuses—places where eating and body image problems are prevented, and are treated appropriately as students already suffering with symptoms are identified. Students and staff are trained and supported to become powerful, positive role models and leaders, and to establish a social climate in the school community where self-love and excellent self-care are the norm.

For additional information, please refer to their website: www.thebodypositive.org

Beyond Blackboards

Beyond Blackboards is a non-profit organization, which promotes healthy weight management and the prevention of eating disorders in both high school and college women. They provide educational institutions with a low-cost, widely accessible tool to assist in the prevention of eating disorders. The tool is Student Bodies ©, an interactive, web-delivered prevention program developed and studied at Stanford University and Washington University in St. Louis.

Student Bodies© is an eight week course combining an understanding of body image and self-esteem with self-assessment and self-improvement tools. It includes information about nutrition, exercise and eating disorders, and how to become media savvy. Participants are asked to keep a body image journal to record thoughts and feelings. Students who fully participate in all eight weeks have experienced significant improvement in their body image and level of self-esteem.

Student Bodies© can be offered as a self-help program, or with a moderator and a discussion board. Within the latter version, we recommend that the moderator have training in health education, counseling, psychology or psychiatry. The moderator would be responsible for monitoring the messages posted by participants to make sure participants stay on topic. The moderator also provides a safety net should a participant need immediate assistance.

For additional information, please refer to their website: www.beyondblackboards.com

Project Body Talk

Project BodyTalk is a safe place where people can share how they feel about their bodies and body image, their relationship with food and eating, and the cultural pressures that are so much a part of American life today.

We invite you to send us your commentaries—and to listen to other people share their stories. Record your story and submit it here. Learn about efforts around the country to spread body-positive messages and awareness. Start coming to terms with your body, whatever its size and shape, and see how that simple act can change your life.

For additional information, please refer to their website: www.projectbodytalk.com