Help to understand the educational impact of appearance dissatisfaction in relation to learning

Rationale and Motivation

Until recently, societal interest in appearance has been considered largely benign. However, debilitating levels of appearance dissatisfaction are now normative in resource-rich nations, with extensive and damaging impacts on physical and psychological health. Europe currently lacks a harmonised approach to addressing appearance-related distress, its impacts on key areas of living and the systematic evaluation of the interventions which are currently being implemented. A range of detrimental cognitive effects are nowadays well-known, including the decreased attention-span and memory. Students with lower grades are more likely to express that body image concerns interfered with their academic performance.


Aims and Target Groups

HEAL intends to enhance the competences of educational staff and forge crucial links between researchers, practitioners and policy-makers, by offering the opportunity to increase the scientific understanding and awareness about the impact of appearance dissatisfaction in education.


Partners and Outputs

A partnership between seven institutions from Norway, Iceland, Germany, Portugal, Turkey, Denmark and Austria was established for participating in activities related with job shadowing, course participation, reflection sessions, teaching assignments, presentations, school visits, case studies and thematic workshops.

EU-Program: Erasmus+, KA1, Adult education staff mobility
Coordination: BEST Institut für berufsbezogene Weiterbildung und Personaltraining GmbH (Austria)
Contact: Karin Kronika
Duration: September 2014 – August 2016
Website: healproject.simplesite.com

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.