In the news - Children should have body image lessons
A new study revealing 2 out of 3 people in the UK are dissatisfied with their body has urged MPs to consider compulsory body image and self-esteem lessons for all school children.
In the news
Children should have body image lessons, say MPs
Body image and self-esteem lessons should be made compulsory for all school children, according to a new parliamentary report. Reflections on Body Image, compiled by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Body Image and the Central YMCA, was written in response to a new study, which revealed that two out of three people in the UK are dissatisfied with their body.
The report found that children as young as five are concerned about their shape and size. In light of the findings, the report recommended that “appearance-based discrimination” should be punishable on the same level basis as racist, sexist and homophobic discrimination.
- Check out this TES magazine article where recovering bulimic and body image expert Natasha Devon discusses tackling the issue in schools.
- Television, film and advertising inform our ideas of beauty from a young age. Make pupils media-savvy with this self-esteem pack.
- By playing agony aunt to their peers in, pupils will learn that they are not alone in their concerns.
- Why do we obsess about being “perfect” or “normal”? What do these words even mean?
- Informative and moving video where young boys discuss their experience of eating disorders.
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- A sociological and media perspective on what makes an event 'newsworthy'.
- Help pupils to write their own TV news broadcast with this handy PowerPoint.
- A scheme of work to help students structure news stories.
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