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8.2: Using Harmful Ways of Changing Yourself – Student Edition (Human Biology)

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Start by asking the students where they think they got their idea of what it is to be attractive or beautiful. Ask them how important it is. Point out that sometimes students take their desire to look a certain way to an extreme that is harmful.

Read the material on anorexia, bulimia, and steroid use (pp. 00-00).

Conduct Activity 7-1: What Is Attractiveness? and conclude by creating a new, healthy, class definition of attractiveness.

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When is dieting healthy, and when is it unhealthy?

What Do You Think?

Have you ever dieted? Do you know someone else who has dieted? How do you know when you are finished with your diet?

How Can You Get Your Friends to Eat Healthily, Too? Students think of three new ideas for social events with friends that encourage healthy eating.

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Suppose that you know a friend at school who seems to be losing weight very, very quickly, and also seems to be exercising at every opportunity-jogging to and from school, as well as exercising during lunch and after school. What other symptoms might you look for if you suspect anorexia? What would you do if you suspected this person had anorexia? What resources are available for help? If you don't know, how can you find out?

What do you think creates the unrealistic and often unhealthy body image that is so popular these days?

What Do You Think?

How do people get to the point of abusing their bodies in such unhealthy ways? What causes us to hurt ourselves-overeating, drinking, drugs, violence? Are these problems of the individual or of society as a whole? What should society do to help people avoid choosing these destructive paths?

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