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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.
Pupils 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. Pupils 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.
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.
Students review their height and weight ratios and visit a specific website listed in the lesson plan. They follow specific guidelines listed in the lesson plan for obtaining a positivie body image. They choose a guideline that they want to incorporate into their life.
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 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 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.
High schoolers 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 instructional activity 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.
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.
Students view a video clip about how men and women are portrayed in the media. They gather examples from magazines and graph the results. They discuss body image to end the lesson.
Students 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 explore cultural perceptions regarding obesity. In this personal health instructional activity, 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.
Eighth graders compare the different images of girls and women in the media.  In this cultural lesson, 8th graders compare and contrast healthy and unhealthy body images of women.  Students analyze how media influences girls attitudes towards their appearance and sexuality.
Pupils explore the societal stigma that accompanies people who are overweight. In addition, students research current medical thinking on "ideal weight" and identify how the perception of body image can lead to eating disorders.

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