University Gives Grants For ‘Body Pride’ And ‘Self-Compassion’ Research

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An Indiana university now offers more than $130,000 in grants to study “body pride” and “self-compassion,” according to a Tuesday statement.

The goal of the grants are to instill a sense of pride and confidence in women and their bodies through programs and initiatives that are linked to health habits. The grants for the research project are funded by the Indiana University Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Council, the Well House Society and the IU Foundation, according to the IUK Newsroom.

“Figuring out how to link health behaviors and self-compassion is a new area in the health research field,” said Angela Coppola, assistant director of Health Sciences and co-director of the Applied Community Research. “Self-compassion and body pride play a role in promoting health, but it is unclear how to promote the emotions in women to enhance their health behaviors.”

The university’s recent decision comes on the heels of a body appreciation movement that has attracted attention in popular culture. Organizations like Vogue, Dove and other networks voice their support for the body positive movement in many online campaigns.

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