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Zali Yager

Class Year: 2021

Scholarship: Social Change Fellowship

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: NSW

Position: Founder and CEO, Body Confident Collective

Focus Area

Positive social change

Zali Yager

Class Year: 2021

Scholarship: Social Change Fellowship

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: NSW

Position: Founder and CEO, Body Confident Collective

Focus Area

Positive social change

Biography

I am a body image researcher, and CEO of the Body Confident Collective, a research translation organisation that aims to get body image research and resources to the people who can use it. At the Collective, we want to change the way that the world feels about their bodies, to improve mental and physical health by taking action at the individual, community, organisational, and societal levels.

 

After working in research and academia for over 15 years, I became frustrated by how hard it was to get our evidence-based programs and knowledge out to the people who needed it- we’ve set out to change this with the Collective, and eventually teach other academics and researchers to do the same.

 

I live in a regional area on the beautiful mid-North Coast of NSW, and if I’m not working, you can usually find me by the pool, camping, or at the beach with my surfer husband and three kids. I and am passionate about health and wellbeing, and a lover of new ideas, adventure, great food, wine, conversation, and a good laugh.

Skills & Expertise

  • Body image
  • Research impact
  • Mental health promotion
  • Research and evaluation
  • Grant writing

"The majority of young people and adults don't like something about the way that they look, and the behaviours that they engage in to change their appearance come at a cost to their health. Research has shown that improving body image improves their physical and mental health outcomes, and we have some great programs, approaches and resources that could achieve this."


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