Confident Body, Confident Child

Helping parents to promote healthy body image and eating patterns in young children


The Confident Body, Confident Child project began in 2012 with funding from the Cages Foundation. Given that the foundations for body image and eating problems are laid in the early childhood years, the Cages Foundation and La Trobe University's EMBodIED Research team recognised the importance of developing evidence-based resources to help parents teach their children about body satisfaction and healthy eating patterns.

The Confident Body, Confident Child (CBCC) resource pack and parent workshop were developed in 2013 as an evidence-based, universal program to help all parents create a family environment in which children aged 2-6 years can develop healthy body image and eating patterns.

The CBCC Resource Pack includes:

  • The Parent Book
  • The Extended Family Book
  • A Do/Don'ts poster
  • The CBCC website located at
  • Shapesville by Andy Mills and Becky Osborn; a children's book celebrating appearance diversity
  • A parent workshop with powerpoint presentation and group activities.

The CBCC program was developed from a number of research studies, and was evaluated in a large randomised controlled trial (RCT), which was completed in 2015. Initial results from the trial showed that parents who received CBCC reported significantly more knowledge, more positive parenting strategies and they reported fewer parental feeding practices associated with childhood obesity and unhealthy eating patterns, than parents who received a nutrition-only resource or were in the wait-list control group. This article contains more information.

We are currently undertaking a new evaluation of the CBCC program. If you are a parent of a 4-6 year old child, and reside in Victoria, please contact for more information.

How can I access CBCC?

Until our evaluation research is complete, we are not able to widely disseminate the CBCC program.

We will soon be able to provide training and a licensing agreement to professional organisations to use the CBCC program within their local community. If you are interested in learning more, please contact or

If you are a parent of a 4-6 year old child and reside in Victoria, you may be eligible to participate in an evaluation trial we are conducting in 2016-2017. For more information please contact

Where can I get more information?

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the Confident Body, Confident Child team by emailing or by phoning 03 9479 2938.