Week 35 -- "How Do I Look? Creating a Positive Body Image" -- Grade 11
How Do I Look? Creating a Positive Body Image
Brief Summary: Teenagers in today’s world often wonder if they look as good or better than others. With examples of beautiful people being shown to them on social media, TV, movies and advertising, teens spend a lot of time wishing they could look just like them. There is no doubt that in the United States there is a certain ideal around beauty, and without our knowing it teens, are driven to enhance their looks. Even though people tell them it doesn’t matter, they still want to be one of the beautiful people. In this lesson, students explore the global spectrum of beauty standards and the media's influence on social norms by first understanding why they constantly compare themselves to others. Next we show them some of these different standards of beauty across the world, and how the media influences the way they create these standards for themselves. Last, students learn what they can do to create a positive body image.
- Students will define body image.
- Students will identify how media and social media, in particular, can influence a person’s body image.
- Students will identify several steps they can take to create a positive body image.
- Body image – The subjective picture or image someone has about their body along with the attitudes and beliefs one has from that image.
- All people have an image about the way their body looks. That image can affect the way people interact with others.
- Standards of beauty vary by culture and country.
- Social media, TV, movies, music, and advertising promote a certain type of beauty that is unrealistic for almost everyone.
- A positive body image can be developed through acceptance of your strengths and by limiting your comparisons to others.
Continue the Conversation:
- The connectivity between thinking-feeling-doing:
- How can we connect what we think about the content we just reviewed to how we are feeling?
- What actions can you take to apply this information in a meaningful way?
- Self, Others, World:
- How can you use the information you learned in this lesson to help yourself?
- How can you use the information you learned in this lesson to help your friends and family?
- How can you use the information you learned in this lesson to help other people you may encounter?
- Why do you think ideals about body image differ between cultures?
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