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Students 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.
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.
Young scholars 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 use the Internet to find out about eating disorders and maintaining a healthy weight. In this eating disorders lesson plan, 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 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.
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.
Pupils research celebrities with eating disorders and gather BMI (body mass index) data on themselves. For this eating disorder lesson, students write essays on eating disorders and work in a team of two to research a celebrity with an eating disorder. They determine their own BMI using a bioimpedence analyzer and find the mean, median, mode, and range of the class BMI data.
In this eating disorders instructional activity, 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.
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.
One of three lessons on gender stereotype, this resource from the Media Awareness Network discusses the violence that is inflicted on men and women as they try to live up to the stereotypes of their gender. The section on women focuses on the self-violence of eating disorders caused by a dangerous obsession to meet ideals set by media. The male stereotype discussed covers expectations of masculinity and how it leads to violence like hazing. The resource contains three articles on these topic.
Analyze the influence of culture, media, technology, and other factors on health. High schoolers will identify and recognize propaganda techniques (glittering generalities, bandwagon, sex appeal, testimonial, transfer, etc.) and write a script for their own "Keep Healthy" commercial.