The Every Body is Beautiful Project Digital Course

A course designed to help you gain a deeper understanding around eating disorder prevention and intervention, and strengthen your sense of body respect

This digital course, offered in collaboration with our non-profit partner Ophelia's Place, is designed to help you gain a deeper understanding around eating disorder prevention and intervention, and strengthen your sense of body respect on both a personal and collective level.

We do this by looking at some of the core foundations of understanding eating disorders and diet culture, how these things are connected are perpetuated within our society, deep diving into some of the socio-cultural factors that keep us stuck individually and collectively in disordered eating and body oppression, and exploring ways to shape change in our communities.

Participants will explore:

  • Eating disorder prevention and early intervention, learning ways to increase connection to treatment and support for those struggling
  • Redefining health, nourishment and movement through a Health at Every Size lens
  • Understanding, dismantling, and reshaping the systems of oppression that perpetuate eating disorders and fatphobia
  • stepping outside of one's personal lens and centering the experiences and voices of the most marginalized, in order to move the culture forward towards collective healing from body shame and oppression

The program is for you if...

  • You want to more fully understand the roots and inner workings of fatphobia and diet culture's links to other systems of oppression, and feel confident in divesting from said systems.
  • You want to approach eating disorders work from a more intersectional and justice-informed lens
  • You need help sorting fact from fiction when it comes to the intersection of health and weight, by looking at both science and lived experience, and incorporating the teachings of the Health at Every Size model into your community
  • You want to shape change in your community –be that within the home, your friend circle, professional space, and beyond–disrupting body shaming conversations, inspiring healing, and spreading awareness around body respect and eating disorder prevention

*Please note, if you are in recovery from an eating disorder, this course is not a substitute for clinical support or treatment. While we believe resources like courses, podcasts, blogs, peer support groups and social media can play a critical role in one's recovery, we highly encourage you to reflect on whether you have the capacity to go beyond your individual experience, in order to do this work on behalf of the collective. Visit our non-profit partner's website here for connection to support services and treatment resources.

Here's what you get:

  • monthly study + discussions of critical books that disrupt and reshape cultural norms around food, weight, exercise, health, and beauty ideals
  • 8 audio and video expert interviews addressing these issues along with space for critical thinking + reflection
  • connection to a community of like-minded individuals from around the globe who share a passion for this work
  • a certificate of completion and the possibility of joining Ophelia's Place team of educators and ambassadors

Core Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to name 3-5 ways living in diet culture and fatphobia have negative impacts on their communities and personal lived experience.
  2. Participants will be equipped to ask others in their community 3-5 questions, aimed at challenging the socio-political systems they were raised in, as it relates to the narratives around food and bodies.
  3. Participants will be able to identify at least three systems of oppression and how they intersect with eating disorders.
  4. Participants will be able to develop ideas that they can commit to, for moving our culture towards collective healing from body shame and oppression.
  5. Participants will be able to name at least five myths they've been taught about health and weight, and to explain the truth counter to these myths.
  6. Participants will take away 3-5 ways that they can disrupt body shaming conversations or spread awareness around body respect in their home, friends circle, professional space, and more.

What others have said...

We're elated to share that 95% of folks who've completed the program reported that they now feel very or extremely comfortable spreading awareness around eating disorders, diet culture and body oppression!

"This program has given me the tools and, more importantly, the language to speak about these topics in a helpful, safe, and educational manner with my community and those I meet. I am more sensitive to the unique spectrum of body dissatisfaction and eating disordered experiences, rather than looking through the lens of my own. I feel more compassionate, educated, and competent in being a leader in this field. Beyond grateful. I feel that this program has given me the credentials to back up something I have always felt passionate about."

- R.B

"[As a therapist] this was most impactful for me because it allowed me to examine MYSELF, instead of just learning tools and information for my clients. It allowed me to challenge my own biases and beliefs, and the fact that it was self-paced was fantastic."

- J.S

"This course helped me redefine eating disorders and body image, to see it through a social justice framework. It has challenged previous thoughts and information that I received from my personal experience with an eating disorder. Additionally, I've been able to explore the intersection between disability and eating disorders/body dissatisfaction, and hope to continue this work.

- C.P

The Logistics:

Timeframe: The course is paced to be completed within three months from the start date, but is designed to allow you as much time as you need to complete all of the contents. Once you sign up, you have access to the course material for life!

Cost: We offer a sliding scale pricing structure in an effort to make the program more accessible and equitable. We are so appreciative of your contribution at whatever amount is possible for you, and kindly ask that you're honest about the pricing option that best matches your resources and needs. All of the proceeds from this course go directly back to our non-profit cause, help to cover the costs for running the course like paying our team and guest experts, and support us in continuing to improve and add more content to the course.

*Please note the cost of the program covers all course materials with the exception of the required books. We highly encourage our participants to purchase the assigned texts directly from the authors if possible.

This course is closed for enrollment.

Course Curriculum

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Your Instructor

Ophelia's Place
Ophelia's Place

Ophelia’s Place is dedicated to providing support, community and harm-reducing resources for Every Body impacted by eating disorders, diet culture and body oppression. Our team has a combined 20+ years of experience working in the field of eating disorder prevention and support, and we endeavor to bring a justice-lens to all that we do.

We bring a unique framework to the eating disorder field, and believe the following concepts are critical to healing from eating disorders and body shame, at a personal and community level. We deeply believe that if we want to build a world where people are free from eating disorders, then we need to unlearn and un-do all of the ways in which our culture perpetuates anti-fatness and body shame.

This course is closed for enrollment.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
From the time you officially begin, the course can be completed in 3 months' time, but you can take longer if need be!
How long will I have access to the course?
You will have access to the course for life!
How much of a time commitment does the course material require?
Because most of the course requirements can be completed on your own time, it's pretty flexible. We've estimated the following: 1x book discussions: 1 hr monthly; Reading the selected chapters: 4-6 hrs monthly; Listening/ watching the expert interviews and completing the talk-back forms: 1.5 hrs monthly; Exit survey: .25 hrs, one time
Are refunds available?
We are unable to offer refunds for this course, as once you have access all materials are available for life. This applies to all payment options.
Is this course appropriate for treatment providers?
Yes, absolutely! Providers who've taken the course have said that it has increased their understanding of the patient experience, and the nuances of eating disorders and body dissatisfaction. The elements of this course help build a solid foundation of understanding around core concepts like Health at Every Size, letting go of weight as a determinant for health, setting up a support team, deconstructing weight bias and understanding the socio-cultural factors that can contribute to eating disorders and disordered eating. Please note however, that this is a starting point; it is not a substitution for accredited training in the treatment of eating disorders.
Is there a minimum age requirement?
While we don't have a concrete age requirement, we do suggest that the course is best suited for those 18+. Of course, younger folks who have a passion for this work and feel ready to dive deep into these materials are always welcome. Regardless of age, we suggest making sure you have a solid community of support to reach out to, if and when the course materials end up bringing up some discomfort.