Body Project Canada

Do you like what you see in the mirror?

All students who identify as female are invited to participate in the Body Project – University of Manitoba, a group that is aimed at helping participants feel better about their bodies!

All Body Project – University of Manitoba sessions have been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. No sessions will be scheduled until health guidelines and the University of Manitoba allow in-person, small group meetings. Thank you for your interest in this program. We hope to be able to offer sessions at some point during the 2020/2021 academic term. 

The Body Project is a peer led, dissonance-based body-acceptance program designed to help University age students who identify as female resist cultural pressures to conform to the appearance ideal standard and reduce their pursuit of unrealistic bodies. The Body Project was developed by Dr. Eric Stice and Dr. Carolyn Becker who collectively have over 30+ years of experience in testing and running the Body Project. To date, it has been delivered to over 3.5 million girls and young women in 25 countries, including campuses in Canada.

The Body Project is supported by more research than any other body image program and has been found to reduce onset of eating disorders. Randomized prevention trials have found that the program reduces thin-ideal internalization, body dissatisfaction, negative mood, unhealthy dieting, and eating disorder symptoms. 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. For more information on the development of The Body Project, please go to: bodyprojectcollaborative.com.

The Body Project - University of Manitoba is an interactive two-session workshop (each session is two hours in duration), where students (up to nine (9) students and three (3) [The Body Project – University of Manitoba is looking for new student facilitators!] trained peer leaders) who identify as female will engage in a series of verbal, written, and other activities.

If you have questions about Body Project – University of Manitoba, please connect with us at: bodyproject@umanitoba.ca

If you are interested in hosting and/or arranging a session of the Body Project – University of Manitoba in your faculty, department, campus community (e.g., student group), please contact David Ness (David_Ness@UManitoba.ca).


Upcoming sessions:

Fort Garry and Bannatyne:

We are excited to share that Body Project sessions are being planned for both campuses at some point during the 2020/2021 academic term. Specific dates are still being worked out. If you like to be notified when the courses are scheduled, please indicate your name and email below. Thank you.


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U of M student participant testimonials:

I think this program is highly beneficial to everyone and I strongly encourage everyone to take it.

It’s safe and welcoming. You’ll meet lots of like minded individuals. You will grow over the two sessions.

Will change your attitude about your body.

It's an amazing eye opener and super helpful in finding ways to better yourself inwards and your verbiage outwards.