BE REAL is changing a culture that isn’t working for any body.


We’re spreading body confidence across the entire USA, so every child can grow up with a healthy relationship to food and their body.

BE REAL is a nonprofit that links people in local communities, businesses, and government with opportunities to change our culture that isn’t working for any one’s body image today. 

We live in a time and place obsessed with appearance. Today’s social media—where so many young people edit and curate their own images—has created a culture where 70% of adolescent girls and 40% of adolescent boys don’t feel comfortable in their own skin. Our children feel “flawed in comparison” to “perfect looking” images they see on Instagram, TikTok, and other visual social media. Young people’s body dissatisfaction contributes to serious mental health problems, like eating disorders, depression, isolation, anxiety, risky sexual behavior, substance abuse, and low self-esteem.

Our children’s focus on their bodies—how they appear to others, what measurements they need to meet, and what to feed them — has become an overwhelming distraction in their lives. It steals their time and energy because they spend so much of that time and energy focused on how they look. What could they do or how could they grow if they had all that time back? Research shows that children who grow up body confident have better physical and mental health, perform better in and out of school, and are more likely to fulfill their unique potential.


BE REAL’s BodyKind™

High School Curriculum

BE REAL created BodyKind™ to provide an evidence-based, high school body image curriculum to address the needs of today’s students. This 4-lesson curriculum for high school, health or advisory class starts with what the field of eating disorder prevention has learned from 20 years of research on body image and eating disorder prevention. 

Get our BodyKind curriculum.

Become a

BE REAL Ambassador

BE REAL Ambassadors give presentations and workshops on body confidence to the adults in children’s lives. Our participants learn how to make shifts in thinking and behavior from what our current society–diet culture–sees as “normal” to create mentally healthier, more body confident environments for children.

Learn more about our Ambassador Program.

Be Generous

Donate now to support BE REAL’s mission. Your tax-deductible donation goes directly to trainings and materials for teachers. We have other exciting giving opportunities for funding larger projects with potential for greater impact. Be generous and make a donation to BE REAL today!