Coping with the Body Image Blues
Running Time: 22 minutes
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Everyday teenagers are bombarded with images in the media that make them feel insecure about their own bodies. Using a mix of dramatic vignettes, humorous animation and real student interviews, this program analyzes how a bad self image can damage self-esteem but also why it’s so important to accept one’s body the way it is. Older teen on-camera presenters help viewers understand that the media’s image of the perfect body is heavily distorted. The video includes interviews with teens who are very happy with their bodies even though they don’t fit the stereotypes glamorized by the media. For those who want to change the way they look or who want to become more fit, the program also emphasizes the importance of a healthy diet and exercise.
DVD & VHS Format: video, plus teacher’s resource book, student handouts and pre/post tests in digital format
Whiteboard Version: video, and all support materials, fact sheets and activity sheets on a data DVD (Designed to be used with SMART software)
Preteens and teens are sensitive and insecure about issues relating to their body image, such as blemishes, body weight, hair style, and clothing. In this program, young people converse with their alter-egos about having zits, running to stay thin, making food choices, and more. They talk about how they are influenced by magazines, TV, and other media. The narrator plays the guitar while singing "The Body Image Blues" and describes the influence of media, friends, and family in providing teens with unrealistic concepts related to body image. Viewers are advised to think critically when viewing glamorized, stereotyped body images in various media. The combination of interviews, dramatized vignettes, and animation emphasizes the importance of a healthy diet, exercising, and accepting your body the way it is An effective overview of an important topic for middle school students.
- Ann Weber, Bellarmine College Prep., San Jose, CA
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