Sharon is a qualified ACFED Eating Disorder and Obesity Prevention facilitator who is able to deliver the two-day Body Project & Project Health course offered by ACFED with the permission of Dr Eric Stice at the Oregon Research Institute. The two workshops have been developed and used at Stanford University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Oregon Research Institute. These workshops have been developed from the findings of a 16-year program of research on the risk factors for eating disorders by Dr Stice's research team. The target age is 13 to 18-year-old females.
The Body Project workshop is a four-week (one hour per week) eating disorder prevention program which reduces appearance-ideal internalisation, body dissatisfaction, negative mood, unhealthy dieting, and eating disorder symptoms. This workshop has also been found to reduce the risk for future eating disorders. In addition, there is evidence that the Body Project workshop reduces the risk for future onset of obesity, results in improved psychosocial functioning, and reduces mental health care utilisation.
The Project Health workshop is a six-week (one hour per week) workshop which promotes healthy, lasting, lifestyle changes to dietary intake and activity. The Project Health program produced a 66% reduction in future eating disorder onset at 2-year follow-up.