Academic journal article Journal of Eating Disorders

The Body Esteem Program: Inspiring Freedom from an Eating Disorder

Academic journal article Journal of Eating Disorders

The Body Esteem Program: Inspiring Freedom from an Eating Disorder

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Author(s): Kathleen Chinn[sup.1] and Jemma Caswell[sup.1]

WOMENS Healthworks developed the Body Esteem program (BEP) in 2005 to respond to consumer need for accessible and community-based services for women living with an eating disorder.

Core services include:

-20 week facilitated self-help groups for women over the age of 18 with Anorexia/Bulimia Nervosa or Binge Eating Disorder

- An Education and Support Workshop for family members or loved ones

- Positive Body Image presentations, projects and events.

- A Referral Directory

The unique aspect of the BEP is that all facilitators have lived experience and can bring their personal stories, recovery strategies and a sense of hope to the participants. Evaluations report that participants of the BEP feel less ashamed, less isolated and more confident and hopeful about the future. They are supported to set their own goals, make changes at their own pace and take responsibility for their own recovery process. …

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