Want to learn about child body image, healthy eating patterns or weight management? Join our popular Confident Body, Confident Child research project.

About the research project

In 2016 and 2017 the EMBodIED Research Team at La Trobe University is evaluating the Confident Body, Confident Child program, an evidence-based package for parents, including a 2-hour face-to-face parent workshop, printed booklets, a poster, website access and a children’s book that celebrates children’s individuality and diversity.

This project aims to evaluate how delivering Confident Body, Confident Child across two different formats will best help parents to teach their children about positive body image and healthy eating patterns.

Join the project

We are looking for parents who:

  • have a child aged 4 - 6 years who can complete a 30-min play based interview
  • live in Melbourne and can attend a 2-hour workshop
  • are over the age of 18 years
  • have a good understanding of written and spoken English.

We will ask parents to

Complete three online questionnaires about body image, eating habits and parenting. Attend a 2hr workshop and receive the Confident Body, Confident Child package. Be randomised to attend either a 2hr follow-up workshop or to a 2hr online discussion forum. Workshops will be run at various times and locations across Melbourne to suit your needs.

We will ask children to

Complete 2x 30-min play-based interviews, which have been conducted with more than 500 children since 2012. Trained interviewers will ask your child about body image, eating habits and self-esteem, using fun figures.

You will receive

One $10 shopping voucher for each questionnaire and interview completed and a chance to enter a lottery prize draw. The complete Confident Body, Confident Child package including booklets, a poster, website access and a children’s story book.

For more information or to join us


Phone: 03 9479 2938