The Body Project

Do you want to improve your body image and self-confidence? If so, The Body Project at Maynooth University is the ideal programme to do just that!

The Body Project is an evidence-based  group programme designed to increase body acceptance and body positivity, while decreasing risk factors for the development of eating disorders. Each session builds the skills and knowledge key to resisting societal and cultural pressures of the appearance ideal. The programe provides a forum for students to confront unrealistic appearance ideals while developing healthy body image and self esteem. Research has shown that the Body Project is effective in increasing body satisfaction, while decreasing negative mood, unhealthy dieting and disordered eating.  

Join The Body Project

The programme runs for one hour a week over four weeks. In these sessions, you will:

  • Engage in open conversations led by peer educators about body image
  • Directly confront the appearance ideal
  • Discuss body activism

Places limited to max 10 students. Groups will meet in An Tobar, Student Services Building and will run, depending on interest, in Semester 1 & 2 on days/times to be confirmed.

Please note the time commitment associated with this programme: participants must be available to attend all four sessions and will be expected to actively participate in each session, plus complete take-home tasks.

Next steps

If you would like to learn more or join us for the next group please email Barbara Mahon - your name will be added to a list for the next group forming. 


The Body Project is a space to learn about positive body image and to feel empowered and confident in your own skin; it is not a support group for those with disordered eating concerns. If you are concerned about disordered eating or an eating disorder, please contact the Counselling Service in order to set up a one-to-one session.

Facilitated by

Barbara Mahon, Student Counsellor,
Deirdre McDonagh, Student Counsellor