Body Image & Prevention

Body Image & Prevention 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