Healthy Body Image Suite

Over the years we have developed a “suite“ of online programs to prevent eating disorders, improve body image, and to promote healthy weight maintenance implemented in various settings ranging from middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities, YMCAs, and community centers. A Chinese version of StayingFit for middle school students is now being evaluated in Hong Kong and Shanghai. A number of these programs are being evaluated as part of iCare, a large, long-term, multinational study funded by the European Commons to examine the effectiveness of internet based affordable, accessible, evidence-based care for a number of mental health problems.



The StayingFit program was originally designed as a health maintenance program for young adults. Now, this program has been adapted for multiple projects for various populations, and it is currently being disseminated at three sites:

  • Stanford University - under direction of Dr. Barr Taylor, a Massive, Open, Online Course (MOOC) version of StayingFit is currently under development. This program will be available to the public at no cost through Stanford's free online courses.
  • Deakin University - Dr. Joanne Williams recently received a $1.2 million dollar grant to redesign and optimize the StayingFit-Weight Loss program offered in Australia.
  • Hong Kong Polytechnic University - Dr. Pauline Sung is working to disseminate a Chinese version of the program in Hong Kong and Shanghai.
Students completing StayingFit in China.

Students completing StayingFit in China.

This program was also offered through San Francisco YMCA chapters for over three years under the direction of Dr. Katie Taylor Lynch. Our first effort was to provide a class in StayingFit at the BayView Hunter’s Point YMCA’s Center for Academic Re-entry and Empowerment (CARE).  Doctoral students led the sessions with students who were learning skills to help them re-enter and succeed in school. We then expanded the program to five more YMCAs with different student populations. In 2016, the Buchanan YMCA distributed the StayingFit program through the Mayors’ Youth Employment and Education Program (MYEEP).



Our team has partnered with the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) to offer this evidence-based program for those who are at risk of developing an eating disorder or have poor body esteem. The program is currently under renovations, so stay tuned!



This program was designed as a prevention and intervention tool for college students at very high risk of eating disorders or displayed clinical symptoms. The SBED program is currently being studied at 28 college campuses nationwide to determine its efficacy. Several thousand college students have taken part in the study over the past four years, and the study is due to finish in 2018.