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Today is an exciting day for Lantern: we are thrilled to announce the release of the Body Program.Our second program to date, this one is designed (and proven) to improve body image and reduce disordered eating behaviors.

In the U.S. alone, 20 million women and 10 million men will suffer from a clinical form of an eating disorder at some point in their lives. And that’s just those who are diagnosed. Many more people suffer from negative body image and from what are considered subclinical eating disorders–patterns of risky, weight loss-motivated eating behaviors that don’t quite qualify for a diagnosis. High levels of negative body image and disordered eating behaviors put individuals at high risk for developing clinical eating disorders. Early support can make a world of difference, but without a diagnosis, many folks in this sub-clinical category won’t be able to afford or access care.

And that’s where the Body Program comes in. Lantern’s program is the only one of its kind proven to prevent the onset of eating disorders.

Designed and tested in partnership with researchers from Stanford University and Washington University in St. Louis, the Body Program has already helped students from 40 colleges and universities across the United States. After years of research and development, today it’s available to the public.

We’re also teaming up with the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), the leading nonprofit organization in the U.S. advocating on behalf of and supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. NEDA’s Helpline fields thousands of calls each month from people in need of services. Our work together will provide NEDA’s Helpline volunteers with training and information to offer Lantern as a referral to callers who meet the program’s criteria.

So, how does the Body Program work?

Lantern’s programs come from a psychological approach called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT examines the relationships between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It is problem-focused and action-oriented, with the goal of addressing specific challenges through hands-on exercises, practical strategies, and real-time tracking on how you’re doing.

Lantern teaches cognitive behavioral skills and techniques in daily, interactive sessions. Sessions for the Body Program include mood check-ins, meal tracking, interactive lessons, and actionable audio and writing techniques. They can be completed on any mobile device, so support is available whenever, wherever.

Each user is also matched with a real, live professional coach to support them through their Lantern experience. All Lantern coaches are experienced professionals with training in motivational interviewing, behavior change practices, and–most importantly–cognitive behavioral techniques.

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The first step of the Body Program is an assessment. The assessment has been studied by researchers over decades of research, so it’s clinically proven to measure how someone’s doing. Anyone can take our assessment for free at golantern.com.

Both our original Anxiety Program and new Body Program are available, starting at $49 per month.