About this online course

This course is designed to support people who experience body dissatisfaction, to learn more about the cultural influences behind why we experience it, and how we can support ourselves to challenge diet culture and explore body acceptance.

  • Five course chapters which can be taken at your own pace.

  • Multiple ways to learn, including video, written and audio content.

  • Lived experience reflections and learnings from people who have recovered.

  • No cost learning! This course has been made available for free for Victorians impacted by eating disorders.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to Body Image 101

    • Introduction & Course Outline

  • 2

    Defining body image & body dissatisfaction

    • Definitions and Key Info: Body Image and Body Dissatisfaction

    • Body Dissatisfaction & Eating Disorder Continuum

    • Reflections & Resources

  • 3

    Defining the appearance ideal and exploring ways to challenge it

    • Welcome to Chapter 2

    • The 'Perfect Look' Activity

    • Defining the Appearance Ideal

    • The Appearance Ideal - History & Impact

    • Communication, Curation & Compassion

    • Reflections

  • 4

    Body Positivity, Body Neutrality and Body Acceptance – what's the difference?

    • What is Body Advocacy?

    • Body Positivity

    • Body Neutrality

    • Body Acceptance

    • The Key Differences

    • Bringing it into the everyday

    • Reflection tasks

  • 5

    Finding what works best for you

    • A Final Message

    • Final Reflection - Moving Forward

    • Additional Learning Resources & Support Options

    • EDV Support Options (for Victorians)

    • Your Feedback

Meet your course facilitator

Bridie - Education Officer and Peer Support Worker

Hi, I'm Bridie. I am an eating disorder peer support worker, mental health advocate, and psychoeducational facilitator. I have an honours degree in Psychology and a keen interest in youth and women's mental health. Thanks for taking this course with me!

Course sample

Body dissatisfaction and eating disorder continuum


  • How much does this course cost?

    This course is entirely free! At EDV, we believe that everyone should have access to resources that support eating disorder recovery.

  • I'm a carer or loved one of someone with an eating disorder. Is this course suitable for me?

    Yes, absolutely! Understanding concepts around body image is useful for everyone. Plus, you will have further knowledge to support your loved one.

  • I don't think body image issues impact my eating disorder. Should I bother with this course?

    Not everyone experiences body image dissatisfaction as part of their eating disorder experience. However, we are all impacted in some shape or form by concepts of body image. Even if you might not think this topic is relevant to you, we still think you will find it interesting to learn about this history and impact of the appearance ideal.

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We believe in recovery for everyone. This course has been designed and delivered by those with lived experience of eating disorder recovery.