How young people feel about their physical appearance, continues to be at the forefront of their personal concerns (Mission Australia, 2014). Educating about and addressing these issues can be a minefield for the people working with them.


We live in a world where messaging, surrounding how we look, is unrealistic. Similarly, messaging surrounding how to be healthy is confusing.


Body shaming and fat talk are negatively impacting the way we talk and behave. Unfortunately these things have become normalised in society.


How then, do we frame the conversations we have with our students?


This presentation outlines the serious mental health consequences of body dissatisfaction, what influences body esteem and how we can be Champions for Change within our schools. It explains unhealthy behaviours, risk and protective factors and the positive use of language; allowing participants to reflect on the culture of their own schools. Evidence-based practical advice on safely addressing body esteem to ensure a positive outcome for all.



About The Butterfly Foundation


The Butterfly Foundation supports those affected by eating disorders and negative body image; with the need for help and treatment continually growing.


People in Australia are exposed to hundreds of images everyday telling them what they should look like and what body shape and size they need to be. The messages around being slim, skinny or muscular are strong, pervading and feed insecurity, worthlessness and anxiety. But at the Butterfly Foundation, we are working tirelessly with schools and communities across the country, to build a strong sense of positive body image, self-esteem and resilience in order to overcome these negative messages.

As a leading national voice in eating disorders and negative body image, Butterfly advocates for improved services from both government and independent sources.

Butterfly operates a National ED HOPE Service that includes support over the phone (1800 34 4673), via email and online. ED HOPE is staffed by trained counsellors experienced in assisting with eating disorders.