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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 view images and write responses based on their impressions. For 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.
Fifth graders examine the influence of advertisements on body image and purchasing. They discuss the psychology behind the ads and working in groups cut out words in magazine advertisements that could entice them to buy the product. After designing posters and presenting oral reports, they write short essays about the media's impact on health.
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 lesson, 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.
Learners interpret data regarding food choices and the perceived body image of youth in the world. In this personal health lesson plan, students compare food consumption patterns in Canada with other countries. Learners also compare lifestyle patterns in Canada to those in other countries.
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.
High schoolers discuss two common eating disorders-obesity and anorexia. They explore the relationship between these eating disorders and body image. Students consider their own body image. They are asked if they can identify any eating disorders by name and what else do they comprehend about them.
Sixth graders examine how the media has an impact on poor body image and eating disorders among young people. For 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 explore cultural perceptions regarding obesity. In this personal health lesson, students read case scenarios about 3 women and their health perceptions. Students discuss the women and the stereotypes associated with the women based on their looks and their health. Students consider their own body image.
Students discuss how gender influences self-esteem and body image. In this body image lesson plan, 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.
Eighth graders compare the different images of girls and women in the media. In this cultural lesson plan, 8th graders compare and contrast healthy and unhealthy body images of women. Students analyze how media influences girls attitudes towards their appearance and sexuality.