Dr Laura Hart, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Psychological Sciences has won a $75,000 Australian Rotary Health Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. These awards are highly competitive with only two being awarded nation-wide.
Entitled "Confident Body, Confident Child: effectiveness trial of community-based dissemination of a resource to support parents of pre-schoolers in preventing body dissatisfaction, eating disorders and obesity in the children" the project aims to promote healthy body image and eating patterns in children at a time when their body image is developing (3 - 5 years) and consistent eating patterns established (6 years).
Confident Body, Confident Child (CBCC) is a new evidence-based resource providing parents with strategies to prevent body dissatisfaction, eating disorders and overweight children aged 2-6 years.
The CBCC resource has the potential to reduce body dissatisfaction and unhealthy eating patterns in young children but, an effective and sustainable dissemination model is not yet available. The effectiveness of CBCC will be tested in a community setting, before broad dissemination by a health promotion organisation.