Eating Disorders Teacher Resources
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Students study the complexities of eating disorders and the underlying factors which may contribute to their onset and development. They explore the various aspects and manifestations of these eating disorders and identify and express their own conflicts of self image.
Students role-play scenarios in which they encounter a friend or acquaintance who may have an eating disorder and brainstorm ways to help the friend. They create informational brochures with information about eating disorder prevention.
The class listens to and reads lyrics from popular songs that explore themes of self-esteem, body image, and eating disorders. The song interpretations will serve as a jumping-off point to deeper discussion on the issues, culminating in a writing exercise. Several video links, extensions, and lyric sheets make this a wonderful lesson for young ladies discovering who they are and how they feel about themselves.
Students examine how various media messages impact health. They research various eating disorders analyze how media messages can play a part in the development of these disorders, and write short reports.
Sixth graders examine how the media has an impact on poor body image and eating disorders among young people. In this body image instructional activity, 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.
Sixth graders study the concept of dysfuctional eating including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, fad dieting, and having an unbalanced diet. They watch and discuss videos about eating disorders and then they write a paper on how to make their favorite snack.
Students use the Internet to find out about eating disorders and maintaining a healthy weight. In this eating disorders lesson, students identify eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia and discuss complications. Students discover at least five ways of healthy eating and figure appropriate weights for individuals. Students calculate calories needed to maintain or lose weight.
Sixth graders create a collage of attractive people. They write about what makes these people attractive. They discuss what makes someone attractive. They research eating disorders and how the media impacts what people deem as attractive.
In this eating disorders worksheet, students use drawings or photos from magazines to design an ad for jeans. They use realistic body types and positive messages about body image and types. They answer 2 questions about who they target with their ad and how their ad may influence people's behavior and thoughts about body image.
In this tracking media advertisements about eating disorders learning exercise, learners observe and record magazine titles and their covers and observe advertised products and record descriptions of the ads. Students write nine short answers.
This is a very valuable lesson plan 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.
Learners review the eating disorder symptoms from a particular website listed in this lesson and they evaluate their own eating lifestyle. They analyze and draw conclusions about why they eat a certain way.
Students 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.
Students explore obesity and anorexia. In this personal health lesson, students watch "Overcoming Eating Disorders," investigate treatments for the disorders, and discuss their findings with their classmates.
Eighth graders research types of eating disorders and create a PowerPoint presentation.
Students figure out the nutritional values of foods to explain the nature of a healthy diet by looking at fast food nutrition pamphlets and calculating the values of foods then comparing them to the food pyramid.
Sixth graders write a 1.5 page paper explaining how to make their favorite nutritional snack. They need to assume that the audience has never seen or heard of the snack before.
Students read an article describing a controversial new theory for treating anorexia nervosa, research other eating disorders, simulate case studies and suggest possible treatment for these cases.
Learners investigate the digestive system and the excretory system. In this biology lesson, students discuss healthy eating habits, diet and weight. They differentiate between an eating disorder and good eating habits.
Explore the idea of self-esteem through different mediums. Research what is needed for increased self-esteem: list three things one might do well in, take a photo of an activity where each student is performing well, and examine how the media affects the ways students see each other. Additionally, create a class book of what each student does well in or with and write a letter telling someone how the media views projects unrealistic image of beauty.