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Have you ever felt insecure or uncomfortable in your body? If yes, it’s normal, and it’s not your fault! Most women internalize an unattainable body ideal, which can lead to low self-esteem and negative thoughts and behaviors. Ready to break free? The Body Project is here for you.

Developed by the Oregon Research Institute, The Body Project is a dissonance-based body-acceptance program designed to help women resist and challenge cultural pressures to conform to the appearance ideal standard of female beauty and reduce their pursuit of unrealistic bodies.

Our mission is to deconstruct ideal appearance standards and empower UW Oshkosh women to embrace the unique qualities of themselves and others. 


The Evidence:

Participation in the Body Project has shown to reduce negative body image and disordered eating behaviors among women.

At least 8 independent research labs using randomized prevention trials has shown the efficacy of this program in reducing thin ideal internalization and body dissatisfaction.

Trained peer educators are effective at delivering prevention programs, at times with results even outperforming health clinicians.


How does the program work?

  • Participants will sign up to participate in a small group with 5-8 other women.
  • Each group will be lead by 2-3 trained peer facilitators.
  • Small groups will meet for 4 consecutive weeks for 1 hour each week.
  • Program evaluations will be sent to all participants at the end of the 4 weeks.

If you are interested in participating in the Body Project, contact