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Students view images and write responses based on their impressions. In this body image lesson, students brainstorm how body image is influenced culturally and participate in a small group discussion on these influences. Students view images and discuss how concepts of body image vary over time and in different cultures. Students write reflection on judgements and research how fat and obesity are related to biology.
Point of View’s short film, “34x25x36” launches a study of how images presented by mannequins and advertisements influence body image. Class members read and discuss the fact sheet "Media's Effect on Girls: Body Image and Gender Identity." Activities, discussion questions, and resource links are included. Preview the film to determine whether or not it is appropriate for your class.
Students analyze beauty ideals presented by mannequins and advertisements to sell products as a study on body image. In this body image lesson, students watch a documentary and take notes about the images of beauty. Students analyze examples of advertisements from various sources to identify body image messages. Students discuss a fact sheet about the media's effect on girls and create advertisements that send healthy images about the body.
Fifth graders discuss what is meant by body image. In groups, they view a variety of magazine advertisements and identify how it encourages them to buy a specific product. To end the lesson, they group the people in the ads as either attractive or unattractive and discuss why companies only use attractive people to sell their products.
Students explore and discuss issues related to body image as portrayed in the media and research a topic of interest. In this body image activity, students research, summarize, and cite three articles related to their chosen topics. Students plan and and make a presentation based on what they learned and their own observations and insights.
Students interpret data regarding food choices and the perceived body image of youth in the world. In this personal health lesson, students compare food consumption patterns in Canada with other countries. Students also compare lifestyle patterns in Canada to those in other countries.
Students read and answer questions on neural processing and the Pinocchio Illusion. They relate and discuss these topics in conjunction with body-image disorders such as anorexia and bulimia . This lesson include video extension activities.
High schoolers determine how beliefs about body size and shape are shaped. They develop ideas about the acceptance of self and others with regard to body size and appearance by working in small groups. They view and discuss a PowerPoint presentation.
This is a very valuable lesson for middle schoolers on the importance of maintaining a healthy body image through diet, exercise, and positive mentality. The resource includes four lesson plans. The first two plans outline the physical growth and development of adolescents (changes in height, weight, and weight distribution) and prompts learners to question the ideal body image projected in advertisements and in the media. The last two lesson plans consider the major tenets of healthy diet and activity.
Young scholars examine their concepts of "beautiful" and "ugly" and the social influence on this perception. They look more closely at the role genetics plays on determining the way a person looks. Students explore ways to enhance their own body image.
Foster class discussion about body image with the resources and questions provided here. Focus on Special K's "look good on your own terms" ad campaign. Learners start by reading about this campaign and analyze a series of print ads, discussing "ideal beauty" and marketing along the way. This plan includes procedures, print ads, three articles, and four possible final activities that activate critical thinking and writing skills.
Students discuss the topic of body image.  In this body image lesson, students view a few people's body image thoughts and discuss how to help their people.  Students then write a poster and pretend press release, explaining to people where and how they can get help for themselves. 
Sixth graders examine how the media has an impact on poor body image and eating disorders among young people.  In this body image lesson, 6th graders discover the unrealistic values media promotes. Students explore the mental, physical and social benefits of healthy dietary and fitness habits then work in groups to create a collage depicting criteria that judges attractiveness.
Students examine the concept of body image. In this current events instructional activity, students research selected websites for information about fashion models, plastic surgery, and advertising. Students share and discuss their findings.
Students discuss how gender influences self-esteem and body image. In this body image lesson, students are broken into male and female groups and they discuss the things that influence their self-esteem. They research how the ideal body shape of women has changed over the last century.  
Learners watch the video "Behind Closed Doors" and discuss their reactions. They, in groups, review popular magazines and identify any unrealistic body images that are presented and then explore how these images promote a negative self-image.
Students discuss and become aware of the dangers of gender stereotyping and the media's role in perpetuating gender stereotypes. They view magazine advertisements and make entries in their journals after guided discussion.
Fifth graders look at advertisements paying close attention to the people in them, then create an advertisement based on a healthy body image. In this health lesson, 5th graders analyze magazine or television advertisements for the target audience and message, then small groups create a print ad or public service announcement promoting a healthy lifestyle.
Students discuss what the media portrays as the perfect physically active image. They discuss how this affects them. Students watch a video on body image. They look through a magazine to find one misleading advertisement and explain why it is misleading.
"But we're tired, and exhausted, from trying to be something we're not." Insecurity from body image can play a significant role in adolescence and into adulthood. Watch as two young poets tackle this issue head on through the creative and thought-provoking medium of spoken word. Try using this resource to begin a creative writing unit, or to prompt discussion regarding our attention to body image in our society.

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