Teach Body Image

Body Image Lessons

KEY BODY POSITIVE MESSAGES FOR TEACHERS AND PARENTS

  • Comments about someone’s appearance are often internalized for life.
  • Body size is determined by many factors such as genetics, access to health care, education, and the environment, and should not be viewed as merely individual choice and personal responsibility. Schools should avoid activities that focus on regulation and surveillance of food choices.
  • BI is an issue for males and females of all ages. Boys feel pressure to be muscular. Girls feel pressure to be thin.
  • There is no such thing as the perfect size or shape.
  • Body shapes and sizes are naturally diverse as is everything else in nature.
  • How body shapes and sizes are valued changes with history, culture, gender and age groups.
  • All ages and genders can be impacted by weight and eating preoccupations.
  • The clothes we wear are part of our body image.
  • Our society places an unnatural emphasis on appearance over competence.
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