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Mission:

The mission of the Kansas State University Body Project is to promote positive body image for all, reduce the risk of disordered eating, and free Kansas State University students to focus on healthier, more productive pursuits.

What is The Body Project:

Lafene Health Center and the Counseling Services are working together to bring you The Body Project. This is a dissonance-based body-acceptance program designed to help high school girls and college-age women resist cultural pressures to conform to the appearance ideal standard of female beauty and reduce their pursuit of unrealistic bodies. The Body Project is supported by more research than any other body image program and has been found to reduce the onset of eating disorders.

Background:

The Body Project Collaborative was formed in 2012 by Drs. Eric Stice and Carolyn Becker to create new training opportunities for people interested in facilitating the Body Project. Dr. Stice created the Body Project and Dr. Becker pioneered both the strategy of training collegiate peer-leaders to facilitate Body Project groups in university settings and the Train-the-Trainer Approached used by many Body Project community partners. Collectively, they have over 30+ years of experience in testing and running the Body Project in a multitude of settings and with a variety of group facilitators. To date, the Body Project has been used by numerous high schools and over 140 college campuses; collectively it has been delivered to over 3.5 million girls and young women in 25 countries. Research supports the use of the Body Project not only with those who have elevated body dissatisfaction but also in more diverse groups of adolescent girls and young women that include those with lower levels of body dissatisfaction. The Body Project Collaborative is both proud and grateful to partner with a diverse array of organizations including the Comenzar de Nuevo, Dove Self Esteem Project and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, the Eating Recovery Foundation, the National Eating Disorders Association, and many other educational and community organizations. 

Testimonials:

"I came into training not knowing what to expect. I was blown away by the training and would highly recommend this to anyone. Even if a person has never had problems with body image or the appearance-ideal, it is extremely eye-opening and changes views on the topic. Even after the first day of training, I went home and told my roommate that she needs to come to a session! The Body Project is amazing! Thank you!" - Samantha K., K-State Student

"I knew this training was something I wanted to do because I have seen many people, specifically women, struggle with body image. However, I realized that I personally struggled with the "appearance-ideal" more often than I would like to admit. My ability to recognize and respond to fat talk has improved immensely over the course of this weekend. I truly feel like my choice to challenge the appearance-ideal and be happy in my own skin will promote change in the people around me. I am excited to support other peers in their journey to loving themselves." - Kate. B, K-State Student

Upcoming Workshops:

Workshop A: March 4 & March 11, 7-9 PM

Workshop B: April 8 & April 15, 7-9 PM

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