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Activity 5-1: Can You Become Obsessed with Food?

PLAN

Summary Students watch a clip of a videotape entitled Fear of Fat and review magazine ads for food and body images.

Objectives

Students:

\checkmark identify how society, the media, and fashion influence ideas of how the body should look to be attractive.

\checkmark explain how compulsive overeating, anorexia nervosa, and bulimia affect the body.

\checkmark recognize some of the danger signs of an eating disorder.

Student Materials

  • Activity Report
  • Video clip or video film titled Fear of Fat (or information on anorexia nervosa and bulimia)
  • Assorted magazines

Teacher Materials

  • Activity Report Answer Key
  • A large variety of magazines, especially fashion magazines, and lists of popular movie titles and television shows

Advance Preparation

Collect magazines. Obtain and preview video Fear of Fat. (If unavailable, collect articles or other reliable media about bulimia and anorexia nervosa.)

Estimated Time One to two 50-minute class periods

Interdisciplinary Connections

Social Studies Examine the ideal body images in different countries.

Health Design an ad campaign to communicate a positive body image.

Prerequisites and Background Information No special knowledge is required.

Fear of Fat video content: The mainstream media in our society have encouraged obsessive eating behaviors, particularly in young women. The film contrasts today's preoccupation with thinness with fashions of other periods. It goes on to look critically at how food has become a preoccupation, whether a person is dieting or gaining weight, and how this preoccupation can lead to an eating disorder when coupled with other psychological problems, often stemming from family relationships. The focus is on five young women, all in stages of recovery from eating disorders.

IMPLEMENT

Introduce Activity 5-1 by encouraging students to think of and write down questions that occur to them as they watch the video Fear of Fat.

If you cannot obtain a copy of the film, use magazine articles, newspaper articles, and/or television programs that address eating disorders and some of the causes of eating disorders.

Step 1 Discuss with students some signs that indicate eating disorders.

Emphasize the role of the media in presenting body images considered to be attractive, which are impossible for most girls and women to achieve. Discuss each of the three disorders, anorexia, bulimia, and compulsive overeating, and how they affect the body.

Steps 2-3 Discuss the magazines, television ads and shows, and other direct and indirect causes of eating disorders. Discuss play the advertisements students create.

Helpful Hints

Use a food pyramid to discuss and review healthy eating habits.

Conclude Activity 5-1 by discussing how the ads students created are different from the magazine ads and how the new ads emphasize healthy attitudes about body image.

ASSESS

Use the completion of the written responses on the Activity Report to assess if students can

\checkmark identify how society, the media, and fashion influence ideas of how the body should look to be attractive.

\checkmark explain how compulsive overeating, anorexia nervosa, and bulimia affect the body.

\checkmark recognize some of the danger signs indicating that someone they know might have an eating disorder.

Activity 5-1: Can You Become Obsessed with Food? – Activity Report Answer Key

  • Sample answers to these questions will be provided upon request. Please send an email to teachers-requests@ck12.org to request sample answers.
  1. What issues does the video say are responsible for eating disorders and a preoccupation with weight and dieting? Do you agree that these issues are widespread?
  2. What personal/psychological conditions may lead to eating disorders?
  3. Although males are not as often afflicted with eating disorders, female friends, girlfriends, and sisters may be. What could you do if you suspected someone you love or care for has an eating disorder?
  4. How did your magazine ad differ from the original one in the magazine?
  5. Is it realistic for a person who does not have a slender body type to keep trying to achieve it? What are some of the sacrifices and burdens? Is it worth it?

Review Questions/Answers

  • Sample answers to these questions will be provided upon request. Please send an email to teachers-requests@ck12.org to request sample answers.
  1. Why do people eat?
  2. What are some ways to control your appetite?
  3. Diets are different in different cultures. What are some of the reasons people choose different foods?
  4. Why are fad diets so dangerous to your health?

Activity 5-1 Report: Can You Become Obsessed with Food? (Student Reproducible)

1. What issues does the video say are responsible for eating disorders and a preoccupation with weight and dieting? Do you agree that these issues are widespread?

2. What personal/psychological conditions may lead to eating disorders?

3. Although males are not as often afflicted with eating disorders, female friends, girlfriends, and sisters may be. What could you do if you suspected someone you love or care for has an eating disorder?

4. How did your magazine ad differ from the original one in the magazine?

5. Is it realistic for a person who does not have a slender body type to keep trying to achieve it? What are some of the sacrifices and burdens? Is it worth it?

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Feb 23, 2012

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Jan 28, 2013
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