Body Project Co-Founder to Speak at IWU
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Co-founder of “The Body Project” Carolyn Becker will share her
work to change America’s destructive body image climate during a talk Thursday, Feb.
28 at 7 p.m. in Illinois Wesleyan’s Hansen Student Center (300 E. Beecher St., Bloomington).
This event is free and open to the public.
A professor of psychology at Trinity University, Becker has conducted extensive research
into understanding and combating eating disorders and negative body image. She is
considered a pioneer in the implementation of peer-led prevention programs, most notably
The Body Project.
Since 2012, this peer-led body acceptance program has been implemented at hundreds
of high schools and colleges, including at Illinois Wesleyan. The program uses empirically
supported techniques to help reduce the onset of eating disorders in young women and
promote healthy views about their bodies. Over 3.5 million young women in 25 countries
have benefited from The Body Project.
Becker also established two sister programs to the Body Project: the Reflections: Body Image Program in the United States and the Succeed Body Image Program in the United Kingdom.
Becker is a former president and current fellow of the Academy of Eating Disorders
(AED), and in 2009, she was named a co-recipient of the AED’s Research-Practice Partnership
Award. She was also the 2009 recipient of the Lori Irving Award for Excellence in
Eating Disorders Prevention and Awareness, granted by the National Eating Disorders
Association. Becker is a member of the Eating Disorder Research Society and a former
fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.
Becker’s visit is in conjunction with Illinois Wesleyan’s annual Boost Week, a week-long
campaign to promote body positivity across campus.
This talk is sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, IWU Body Project, Counseling
and Consultation Services, Office of Fraternity and Sorority Live and the Mental Health
By Rachel McCarthy ’21