The Body Positive teaches people how to overcome conflicts with their bodies so they can lead happier, more productive lives. We are dedicated to inspiring youth and adults to value their health, unique beauty, and identity so they can use their vital resources of time, energy, and intellect to make positive changes in their own lives and in the world.
We deliver our Be Body Positive Model through:
- Embody: Learning to Love Your Unique Body (and quiet that critical voice!)
- Student leadership training and mentoring
- Educational videos for grades K-12
- Professional training for clinicians, educators, and athletic trainers
- Public workshops, parent education, and book talks
- Online activism campaigns, such as ThisIsBeauty.org
Because of the generosity of our supporters, we made great strides in 2015. Here are some highlights from our work this past year:
- Embody: Learning to Love Your Unique Body (and quiet that critical voice!) has been read by people all over the world, and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. We have been deeply moved by the emails received from people who say they read certain parts of the book over and over as they do their work to make peace with their bodies. Promotion has been word of mouth so far, and we look forward to getting publicity in 2016 to spread the word even further!
- The Stanford University pilot study on our college leadership program was completed, with highly positive results. The quantitative results demonstrated significant improvements on measures associated with increased resilience against eating and body image problems. Group participants reported a reduction in their shape/weight control beliefs, body surveillance, and internalization of the thin ideal, an increase in body satisfaction, and fewer social determinants of poor body image, from baseline to the end of group. We were most excited that further improvements on all measures were shown eight months after group ended. This pilot study provides evidence to suggest that those who participate in Be Body Positive groups experience meaningful and positive changes related to eating, body image, and social relationships.
- 93 high school and college students across the United States were trained as Be Body Positive leaders. $8,000 in scholarships were given to student leaders in public high schools and universities.
- We educated 2,570 middle school, high school, and college students, teachers, mental health practitioners and other professionals, and parents through lectures, seminars, and conference presentations.
- The Body Positive was chosen by La Repubblica online magazine in a tribute to the top 25 badass women of 2015!
- We reached 4 million households through a Media Planet article that was part of USA Today's Body Empowerment supplement in the September 11th issue. The article featured Connie's story about her struggle with an eating disorder in her teen years, her sister Stephanie's death to all that happened to her because she hated her body, and what Connie did through her suffering and loss to make positive change in the world.
- 80 health professionals in Florida and California were trained to use the Be Body Positive Model Competencies. Many of them will use our awesome curriculum to run groups in schools, community organizations, and in their private practices to support people of all ages in making peace with their bodies and working to quiet their critical voices so they can step fully into living their lives. 2016 trainings for professional trainings will be scheduled soon.
We have exciting plans in the works for 2016 so that we can greatly expand our reach to end the harmful consequences of negative body image: eating disorders, depression, anxiety, cutting, suicide, substance abuse, and relationship violence. We are especially concerned about poor body image in teens and young adults. With the inspiration and skills provided by The Body Positive, those who work with us are free to live balanced, joyful, and purposeful lives, and surmount the major obstacles to achieving their academic goals and healthy relationships.