ACFED Approved Eating Disorder and Obesity Prevention Facilitators

Prevention Facilitation

As an ACFED Approved Eating Disorder and Obesity Prevention Facilitator, these practitioners are equipped to facilitate either or both Project Health & The Body Project.

Designed for groups of people (the research was primarily conducted with females aged 13-19) the projects offer interventions which demonstrate a significant reduction in risk for eating disorder and obesity onset. The interventions also show decreases in thin-ideal internalization, body dissatisfaction and psychosocial impairments.

Project health: A 6 week (one hour per week) intervention which promotes healthy, lasting, lifestyle changes to dietary intake and activity. Project Health produced a 66% reduction in future eating disorder onset over 2-yr follow-up.

The Body Project: A 4 week (one hour per week) eating disorder prevention program which reduces thin-ideal internalisation, body dissatisfaction, negative mood, unhealthy dieting, and eating disorder symptoms.  This intervention has also been found to reduce risk for future eating disorders.  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 utilisation.