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Eating Disorder Prevention and Body Image

Eating Disorder Prevention and Body Image

Eating disorders are real, serious, and complex medical and psychiatric illnesses that affect people of all genders, ages, races, ethnicities, body shapes and weights, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic statuses. Eating disorders significantly hinder a student’s social, emotional and academic success.. We strive to create a culture that promotes size diversity, body acceptance, and a healthier body image for all humans.

The Body Project

The Body Project is a body acceptance group that meets once a week for four weeks to discuss our culture of unattainable beauty ideals, how those ideals affect us, and how we can promote
more realistic and healthy perspectives. This research-based and evidence-driven program has been delivered to over one million young women around the
world and has been proven to improve body satisfaction, reduce the risk for eating
disorders, and improve school and social functioning. We ask that you attend
all 4 sessions and participate in some basic homework exercises.  This
will give YOU the best results.

The Body Project Fall 19 Group Registration: 

Fall group registration has been closed.

Please check back for more dates in winter and spring quarters.

2019 F Group 1 (4 Tuesdays Starting 10/22 from 4-5pm)  

2019 F Group 2 (4 Tuesdays Starting 10/29 from 4-5pm)  

2019 F Group 3 (4 Wednesdays Starting 10/30 6-7pm)  

All female-identifying UCSB students are invited to:

·  Register for Fall 2019 (additional groups will run throughout the year)

·  Meet once a week for four weeks

·  Connect with trained peer educators and other like-minded women.

·  Participation is free

If you are interested but have additional questions, please email Joanna or Katy at


Eating Disorder Prevention Tips

Tip #1
Eating disorders and disordered eating can be reduced by increasing media literacy skills, reframing unhealthy thoughts, and developing a weight-neutral, health-centered approach to self-care.
Tip #2
People struggling with an eating disorder need to seek professional help. The earlier one seeks treatment, the greater the likelihood of physical and emotional recovery. Full recovery from an eating disorder is possible. Early detection and intervention are important.
Tip #3
Many people with eating disorders look healthy, yet may be extremely ill.

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Positive Body Image Tips

Tip #1
Weight stigma, dieting, social media use, exposure to and pressure exerted by media, and  the sociocultural idealization of thinness increase body dissatisfaction and disordered eating.
Tip #2
Increase protective factors against negative body image, like a non-appearance-oriented definition of yourself.
Tip #3
Replace dieting and body snarking with intuitive eating and appreciation for your body’s functionality.

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