MASTER CLASS - BODY OF EVIDENCE

MAIN STAGE KEYNOTES

PARALLEL STREAM - A LIVING LIBRARY OF POSITIVE EDUCATION IN ACTION

PARALLEL STREAM - STRONGER, SAFER; BRIGHTER, BOLDER

PARALLEL STREAM - SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNINGCHOOLS

PARALLEL STREAM -WHOLE SCHOOL WELLBEING

PARALLEL STREAM - BUILDING HEALTHY SCHOOLSION

RESHAPING BODY IMAGE FOR THE BETTER – IS IT POSSIBLE?

THEA O’CONNOR

Being able to accept, enjoy and take care of our bodies is a cornerstone of physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Yet it can be such a challenge, especially for young people growing up in our extreme makeover world, to feel happy with the bodies we were given.

This presentation will provide a brief update on the latest research on body image dissatisfaction in boys and girls and associated risk factors, then focus on practical approaches to promoting positive body image in young people – in the home, in friendship groups, at school and in the community.  And how do we reconcile promoting body acceptance with the need to stem rising rates of prevent obesity?

What does the evidence say about what works and what doesn’t?

What are the gaps in current approaches?  

What are the next, body image Big Ideas?

THEA WILL ALSO BE PRESENTING A WORKSHOP 'BODY IMAGE ACTIVITIES IN THE CLASSROOM' ON DAY ONE IN OUR BUILDING HEALTHY SCHOOLS STREAM

About Thea

Thea O’Connor is a health & wellbeing speaker, journalist and educator, with over 20 years experience in the health sector including her background as a dietitian specialising in body image.  Thea considers herself a long-term Advocate of the Body in an increasingly disembodied culture that over-rides our natural rhythms and over-writes our natural physical diversity.  Her work is directed at creating positive body cultures that allow us to thrive - in schools and at work. 

Thea is the former Director of Body image and Health Inc, has consulted to Victorian government on body image issues, and as Associate Investigator for a childhood obesity prevention program conducted by the University of Melbourne, developed a body-image sensitivity training program to help protect children against fat phobia while promoting healthy weight. 
Today Thea offers specialist body image services to schools communities, including her recently piloted program for girls ‘Inner Cosmetics – how to give your self-image a makeover without changing your body.’


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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