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The Body Project Australia (BPA) is a group-based body-acceptance program that aims to improve body satisfaction reducing the incidence of eating disorders in Australian youths.

EDV has partnered with the Body Project Collaborative, an evidence based program aimed at improving body satisfaction and decreasing risk of eating disorders in young people aged 14-18 years old.

BPA is an accredited early intervention and prevention program for young adolescents with body dissatisfaction. It aims to prevent the onset of eating disorders by addressing body dissonance, media stereotypes and community awareness.

Supported by international research, Body Project Australia, is building on over 15 years of work done by the Body Project Collaborative. More than 3.5 million adolescents and young adults, in 25 countries, have participated in some form of the Body Project Collaborative. 

What is involved in the program?

Body Project Australia offers a unique approach to discussing body satisfaction and the media influence on body image by allowing students to evaluate and critique the ideal body, through a series of verbal, written and behavioural exercises.

The act of publicly critiquing the ideal body results in cognitive dissonance in students who originally supported this ideal and causes them to unsubscribe to this belief.

Body Project Australia intervention applies principles, originally identified by social psychologists, that elicit discussion among participants leading to improved self-esteem and body confidence and a decreased risk of developing an eating disorder.

Delivered by trained facilitators from Eating Disorders Victoria, the sessions also cover the influence of the media, building resilience against external pressures, what to say to a friend who you are worried about, and where to get help and learn more about positive body image.

How you can get involved?

There are two avenues for delivery of the BPA program available. You can seek out EDV trained facilitators to run the program for your organisation or group. Alternatively, you can become a facilitator yourself and run the sessions in your community.

School or Community programs

Eating Disorders Victoria will send two trained facilitators to your school or youth organisation to run the group-based, body-acceptance program with your students from February 2018 onwards.

The program is delivered by two trained facilitators for one hour a week, over four weeks and can include up to 15 students. Please get in contact with us for more information and to register your place in 2018.

Cost $3000

Facilitator Training Programs

Eating Disorders Victoria will be running Body Project Australia two-day facilitator training workshop at our office in Abbotsford. (Current dates are 12th and 13th of December OR 14th and 15th of December 2017). This training is perfect for leaders at councils, youth organisations and schools who wish to deliver the program to multiple locations in their local community.

Two-day training to learn how to run BPA yourself cost = $350

Add on – an EDV staff member will come and run your first program with you cost = $1650

Total = $2000

For more information on BPA training, please fill out our online form and we will be in touch.

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