I give up! Got to get PUMPED up! A girl can never be too thin ! Gonna dance till I don’t jiggle like jello! I’ve got the LOOK !
Students in middle school, in the midst of puberty, begin to establish an individual identity outside the family unit.
The increasing attention & intimacy of peers amplify physical differences that become evident as bodies change and develop. Physical appearance becomes a major factor in peer & opposite sex relations
Physical Development + Body Image = Development of Identity for our adolescents
As adults, how can we help promote the development of a positive & healthy body image?
We need to be aware of risk factors & protective factors
1. I am constantly thinking about my body size, shape and weight, and I’m always working to improve it.
2. I would be much happier and my life would be better if I were thinner or more muscular.
3. I commonly skip meals to lose weight.
4. I weigh myself at least once a day. 5. I know or want to know how many calories are in the foods I eat. 6. I workout mainly to lose weight or to look better. 7. I completely exclude foods from one or more food groups to manage my weight.
8 . I don’t participate in sports or other activities because I’m embarrassed about my body. 9. I like to wear oversized clothes to hide “flaws” in my appearance. 10. When I see a model in a magazine or on TV, I want to look like him or her.
Encourage physical activities such as biking, walking, or roller-blading that enable kids to experience the physical strength of their bodies & the positive feeling of movement regardless of body shape or size