Body Image & Prevention

Body Image Special Interest Group

The Body Image Special Interest Group is a multidisciplinary association of academic and health care professionals with both interest and expertise in the prevention and treatment of body image disturbance. We are aware that body image disturbance plays a significant role in the development and maintenance of disordered eating, and have developed this SIG as a subset of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) in order to accomplish the following goals:

  • Educate clinicians and researchers about the integral role of body image in the prevention and treatment of eating disorders
  • Provide a forum for members to discuss clinical and empirical issues related to body image, and to promote the sharing of information and resources among professionals in the field
  • Increase awareness and activism within AED and in our respective communities

Future Goals and Planned Activities

  • Implement an electronic Body Image SIG newsletter
  • Utilize our Body Image listserv to update one another on research projects, discuss challenging clinical issues, and increase overall communication and community among professionals with an interest in body image
  • Develop the activism component of our SIG (e.g., developing new campus programs and integrating efforts of ongoing campus programs, getting young women involved and encouraging them to have a voice)
  • Develop more education and teaching days focused just on body image, with as much hands-on clinical training as possible. In particular, offer training in how to “get over the last hump” in clinical work that involves making lasting, positive changes in body image
  • Create an international list of providers for body image therapy and groups to facilitate referrals
  • Increase our discussion of body image issues among men
  • Develop a list of funding agencies and opportunities for body image research
  • Host a separate body image poster session and encourage increased focus on body image within as well as outside the specific context of eating disorders

How to Become Involved

If you are interested in learning more about this SIG, or would like to become involved in helping us attain our goals for this coming year, please contact Dr. Leslie Heinberg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to receive more information. Join the listserv and post your comments, questions, insights and suggestions.


Dr. Leslie Heinberg
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