About the Project
This project was started to advocate for eating disorder awareness, prevention, and education. $1 from each of your purchases is donated to a local eating disorder organization.
About the Owner
Hello! Nice to meet you, my name is Gia Dougherty and I am a 26 year old former pageant girl, advocate, and collegiate athletic trainer. I received my Bachelors and Masters in areas focusing on health and sports medicine. I fell in love with advocating for eating disorder awareness 8 years ago after being released from treatment for anorexia and bulimia.
I started this project because as I started to share my story of my eating disorder recovery, I met a plethora of people who had gone through the same thing. I was moved by how many people said “I had one too but I’ve never talked about it with anyone else”. There is strength in numbers and it is the goal of this company to create a community of people who can come together and support each other around body acceptance.
We hope that you can wear this clothing out when you’re grocery shopping and another person approaches you and comments on our motto “All Bodies Are Good Bodies”. We want you to be able to meet someone new and talk about body acceptance and what that means to you. The problem still lies in the lack of conversation around eating disorders/body acceptance/body dysmorphia ect. Start the conversation and don’t let it end. Welcome to the family, where every person, shape, and size are welcome.
Why “The Body Acceptance Project”
The Body Acceptance Project clothing line was officially launched in November of 2020.
“Body Acceptance” was chosen over “Body Positivity” because body acceptance , in all honesty, is more attainable. Body positivity is pushed heavily in society, and it is our mission to normalize acceptance of the body that you live in. Not every person can look in the mirror and love exactly what they see, and that is OKAY.
What you CAN do, is look in the mirror and accept how far you have come because you’ve worked damn hard to build a relationship with yourself. “F Diet Culture” speaks to those learning how to build a healthy relationship with their body.
Accept your body because you’re only given one- The Body Acceptance Project’s goal is to help others foster an accepting relationship with the body they live in.