Presentation on theme: "Body Image. What is Body Image? How you perceive your body What you feel about that perception. Although your perception of your body can vary from."— Presentation transcript:
What is Body Image? How you perceive your body What you feel about that perception. Although your perception of your body can vary from day to day, or even from morning to afternoon, people tend to have a relatively stable view of their body. The way you see your body is not necessarily similar to the way others view you. We tend to be more critical of our own body than others are of us
Activity With regard to each person, rate (1-10) your first impressions regarding the person’s: Happiness Health Intelligence Attractiveness Body Size/Shape
Make a list in your binders of what you think influences these perceptions or “first impressions.” What influences our body image? NOTES: We do not have a concept of our body image at birth; it develops over our lifetime. We receive information daily about what is considered attractive and what is considered unattractive. Each culture has its own ideals of beauty, which change over time and are transmitted to individuals through family, stories and media.
Influences cultural Social Media peer group family
How Does Barbie and Ken Compare with a real person, like you? You current measurements are: Hips _________ inches Your Hips _____x2.27 = Height_____ Inches Your Hips ____x0.39 = Neck _____ Inches Your Hips _____x1.10 = Bust _____ Inches Your Hips _____x0.58 = Waist _____ Inches Your Hips _____x1.00 = Hips _____ Inches
Certainly, Barbie is not the only children’s toy that influences body image. Action figures such as GI Joe, Superman, Batman and other army figures have a big chest, muscular arms and legs, and a flat stomach with the desirable 6-pack.
Animated characters often have bodies that set the standard for what children believe is desirable. The heroines in Disney classic films such as Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Snow White and The Little Mermaid are all thin and attractive In many children’s stories, the hero or heroine is described as attractive while the evil character often has a deformity or is unattractive or overweight.
Body Images Over Time and Culture On the following slides you will see how what is considered desirable with regard to body image changes over time and culture…
now Lillian Russell Actress, early 20th century Lillian Russell Actress, early 20th century then [ 6 ] Nicole Kidman Actress, 21st century Nicole Kidman Actress, 21st century
now Babe Ruth Pro baseball player, early 20th century Babe Ruth Pro baseball player, early 20th century then [ 7 ] Barry Bonds Pro baseball player, 21st century Barry Bonds Pro baseball player, 21st century
now King Henry VIII 16th century King Henry VIII 16th century then [ 9 ] President Bush 21st century President Bush 21st century
nowthen [ 8 ] Miss America contestant 1950s Miss America contestant 1950s Miss America 2002 Miss America 2002
there American dancer ballet American dancer ballet here [ 10 ] New Zeland dancers performing Maori haka New Zeland dancers performing Maori haka
there American Wrestlers American Wrestlers here [ 11 ] Japanese Sumo Wrestlers Japanese Sumo Wrestlers
Body Types the three basic body types are determined mainly by genetics most people have a combination of body types
Body Composition body weight is affected by: age, height, body type, amount of food eaten, activity level, and genetics simply measuring weight is not an effective way to determine health
Improving Body Image Be aware: Be aware of how much time you spend talking about food and dieting or how often you get drawn into conversations about how you should look. Challenge cultural myths. Be open-minded: Examine your belief that beauty is thin for women, or muscle is ideal for men. Think of those you consider attractive. Are they solid, graceful, exciting, kind? Beauty comes in many forms.
Improving Body Image Be supportive: Be loyal and supportive to others you care about. Avoid put-downs about appearance and don’t let anyone else put the ones you care about down. Be introspective: Look for the inner qualities and strengths of others and appreciate your own. Say something positive about yourself everyday.
Improving Body Image Be positive: Change your focus. Instead of adding up all that is wrong with you, pay attention to things you like about yourself. Be receptive: Accept compliments from others by saying Thank-you rather than Yes, but...... Be firm: Stop comparing yourself to others. Comparisons are meaningless, painful and destructive to self-esteem.
Improving Body Image Be intentional: Take care of your body and yourself by eating well and being active. If your body is tired, then rest! Be courageous: Choose to do something you are putting off until you think you look good enough to do it.
Body Image and Gender Do you think that women and men, or boys and girls both struggle with having a positive body image? Yes!
Changing to Fit the NORM What might men and women do to change their bodies to try and “fit” this unrealistic norm? Create a list in your notes.