The Body Project

MEDA has teamed up with the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) to offer The Body Project facilitator trainings in the Boston area.

What is the Body Project?

Backed by two decades of research and evaluation data, the Body Project is a body acceptance and eating disorders prevention program for high school and college-aged girls. The conceptual basis for the Body Project is that if girls and young women voluntarily argue against the societal appearance-ideal, this will result in a reduced subscription to this ideal and to consequent decreases in eating disorder risk factors and eating disordered behaviors.

The Body Project was developed by researchers from Stanford University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Oregon Research Institute and has been shown to reduce body dissatisfaction, negative mood, unhealthy dieting and disordered eating in participants. (NEDA, 2018)

What are the objectives of the Body Project?

  1. Define the “appearance” ideal and explore its origins
  2. Examine the costs of pursuing this ideal
  3. Explore ways to resist pressures to conform to unrealistic standards of beauty
  4. Discuss how to challenge body-related concerns
  5. Learn new ways to talk more positively about our bodies
  6. Talk about how we can best respond to future pressures to conform to societal standards of beauty

What is involved in becoming a Body Project facilitator?

To conduct the Body Project, an individual must first attend an 8-hour training to become a program facilitator. The facilitator is then able to offer the program to groups of six to twelve girls at a time for four one-hour (or six 45-minute) sessions. Facilitators must identify as women and be 18 years or older. If you have struggled with an eating disorder in your past we welcome you to the program but ask that you be in strong place of recovery before participating.

Becoming a Body Project facilitator is a great way to increase your own knowledge and skills around promoting body positivity, media literacy, and self-confidence while also giving back to young girls in your own community. If you are interested in becoming a facilitator, please reach out to MEDA at education@medainc.org 

When is the next facilitator training at MEDA?

When: TBA

Where: The MEDA offices, 288 Walnut Street, Suite 130, Newton, MA 02460

Questions, please email education@medainc.org.