Eating disorders are real, serious, 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.

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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.

Body Project

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.

Eating Disorders Education

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.

Body Image

For additional readings and resources on this health topic, check out our UCSB Library Well-being LibGuide!

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