Prejudice and Body Image

Description: This lesson lets students take a good look at our society’s pressures to conform to standards of beauty – particularly to be thin – and the related prejudice against being “overweight”. Through class discussion and activities, students begin to recognize how the media pressure us to achieve a certain looks and how media images may lead to prejudice against those who don’t conform to their standards of attractiveness.

Grade:  Secondary Cycle 1

Time: 2-3 hours for all. Could do one or two lessons in less time.


  • You will need to read background info provided.
  • You will need kids to bring in magazines.
  • You will need to copy handouts. Resource (PDF Lesson kit)

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