What is the Body Project?
The Body Project is a cognitive-dissonance-based body acceptance intervention that was designed to help young women resist sociocultural pressures to conform to the thin-ideal and reduce their pursuit of thinness. This program targets young women with body dissatisfaction that have established risk factors for eating disorders. It is the only intervention that exists to reduce eating disorder risk factors and symptoms.
This intervention is a series of four 1-hour sessions. It involves a series of verbal, written, and behavioral exercises in which participants critique the thin ideal. It is paramount that the participants, rather than the group leaders, critique the thin ideal.
The Body Project intervention attempts to apply persuasion principles, originally identified by social psychologists, to reduce an attitudinal risk factor for eating pathology.
This intervention has been found to reduce risk for future onset of threshold and subthreshold eating disorders. In addition, there is evidence that the Body Project intervention reduces the risk for future onset of obesity, results in improved psychosocial functioning, and reduces mental health care utilization.
-Changes in Exercise Patterns
-Use of Laxatives, Diuretics, and Diet Pills
-Makes negative comments about her physical appearance
- May become preoccupied with certain celebrities and models on social media
- May show signs of irritability, depression, and anxiety
- May stop socializing and lose interest in previously enjoyed activities
-Alterations in Weight
- Extreme weight loss.
- Binging and purging behaviors
-Disruptions in Eating Patterns
- Preoccupied with counting calories and fat grams, eats noticeably smaller portions or refuses to eat at all
- Starts binging on certain foods
- Drinks excessive amounts of water and caffeine to suppress appetite
- Goes to the bathroom after meals to vomit what they just ate
- May develop eating rituals
-Physical Eating Disorder Symptoms
- Fainting spells from malnutrition and dehydration
- Chapped lips, gray skin, hair loss, low blood pressure
- Dental erosions from self-induced vomiting
- Chronic constipation, gastroesophageal reflux, and other gastrointestinal problems
- Prone to upper respiratory infections
- Low energy and overall poor health
If you see these signs or others in yourself or another, there is help.
- NMSU Aggie Health & Wellness Center (646-1512): Offers free and confidential counseling services for individuals.
- New Mexico Crisis & Access Line(Crisis & Access Line at 1-855-662-7474 or the Warmline at 1-855-466-7100): Help and resources for individuals in crisis.
- If you or someone you know is experiencing thoughts of suicide and need to talk to someone, connect with the Aggie Health & Wellness Center, or call or chat online with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255 or https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/)