This unit for Grade 8 Health Education is based on the Saskatchewan curriculum. It is not intended to be the ultimate in lesson planning for Health classes. Although it can be used as is, the intention is to help teachers to have a jumping off point from which they can extend the lesson plans presented to meet the needs of their students. Each lesson can be used on its own.
Assess how body image satisfaction/dissatisfaction and over-reliance on appearance as a source of identity and self-esteem affects the quality of life of self and family.
Locate and evaluate, according to student-generated criteria, both sources of and information about healthy weights, body image, and self-esteem.
Investigate and evaluate common adolescent and adult eating and exercise habits.
Determine reasons for specific eating and/or exercise habits/patterns (e.g., time, access, preferences, allergies).
Evaluate personal habits and practices that influence body image satisfaction (e.g., clothing, tanning, piercings).
Discuss body image to include one’s feelings, attitudes, and perceptions towards his/her body and physical appearance.
Investigate the motivations for and the consequences of being satisfied or dissatisfied with how we look.
Explore the different attitudes and behaviours related to self-perception (e.g., body image satisfaction, body image investment, body image behaviour, body image perception) and how difficulties in one or all of these areas creates disturbances in body image.
Understand the pressures/influences that promote unrealistic images of desirable body shape and weight.
Analyze the relationships between self-esteem and body image.
Analyze techniques used by industries (e.g., plastic surgery, weight loss products, diets) and the mass media to influence judgement and values about the way we look.