The Body Project Promoting Body Acceptance and Preventing Eating Disorders Facilitator Guide

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  • Copyright: 2007-04-12
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Ours is a society in which thinness, particularly in women, is idealized, even at the cost of health. Adolescent girls and young women are especially at risk of developing eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. The need for wide-spreadprevention among at-risk populations is paramount, as these disorders are often difficult to treat and can contribute to a range of physical and mental health problems. Studies have found that a cognitive dissonance-based intervention significantly outperforms other intervention programs and issuccessful in preventing onset of eating disorders. This facilitator guide outlines a two part group intervention program for adolescent and college-aged girls at risk of developing eating disorders. In the first part of the program, participants critique the thin-ideal through discussion, role-playing, and written exercises. Participants learnskills that increase body satisfaction, decrease unhealthy weight control behaviors, and prevent eating disorder symptoms. The second part of the intervention is designed to help participants make gradual and permanent lifestyle changes to achieve a healthy body weight. It teaches how to eat forenergy balance, make healthy food choices, and incorporate physical exercise into a daily routine. This group therapy program is based on 16 years of research and has been completed by over 1000 adolescent girls and young women. It can be effectively delivered by real world providers, such as school counselors, nurses, and teachers. This facilitator guide provides all the information needed tosuccessfully implement the program, including explanation of Cognitive Dissonance theory, session outlines complete with exercises, and recommendations on how to train group leaders and recruit participants.

Author Biography

Katherine Presnell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas, and Director of the Weight and Eating Disorders Research Program at SMU.

Table of Contents

The Body Projectp. 1
Introductory Information for Group Leadersp. 3
Session 1p. 33
Session 2p. 45
Session 3p. 53
Session 4p. 59
Elective Healthy Weight Interventionp. 69
Introduction to Healthy Weight Intervention
Session 1p. 73
Session 2p. 93
Session 3p. 101
Session 4p. 107
Implementationp. 113
Facilitator Fact Sheetp. 123
Referencesp. 129
About the Authorsp. 139
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