The Body Positive is a nonprofit organization that teaches people to listen to their bodies, learn and thrive. Our ultimate goal is 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, which is why we have been training educators and student leaders for more than twenty years to create Body Positive programs in their schools and communities.
In 2018 we created The Body Positive Institute, our online platform that offers courses to teach The 5 Competencies of our Be Body Positive Model to individuals who wish to improve their relationship with their bodies. This year, we are excited to launch our brand new digital facilitator training for educators, student leaders, community activists, and treatment providers. This training licenses people to use our research-based Be Body Positive Curriculum and help the people in their lives who are suffering over their bodies.
Read below for specifics on how to access our life-changing resources.
The 5 Competencies of our Be Body Positive Model allow people to develop self-care behaviors that originate from a place of self-love and appreciation instead of from fear. We developed our model through participatory action research; we listened to the stories of thousands of people who shared their lived experiences of body shame and suffering, and what they needed help with to overcome their struggles.
From there we created The 5 Competencies, which have helped people all over the world have a more positive, balanced relationship with their bodies and lives. We refined and tested our model in school programs as well as in Elizabeth’s psychotherapy practice, and have found it to be effective in both the prevention and treatment of eating problems and body shame. Learn more.
Get trained to use our life-changing curriculum to start a Body Positive program in your school or community agency. Learn how to promote healthy eating, sustainable self-care behaviors, and positive body image as the norm. Learn more.
Help your clients heal from eating and body image challenges by teaching The 5 Competencies of the Be Body Positive Model. These proven tools improve self-image and foster sustainable, positive self-care behaviors in both youth and adults. CE hours available for Masters level therapists and registered dietitians. Learn more.