HC 3: History of Changing Body Ideals

Aim/Rationale
Students will examine their conception of body ideals as well as those portrayed in art and advertising in the past and present. Students will learn that body ideals are constructed and differ in different cultural and historical moments. Students will analyse the effect of idealised body models and create strategies to combat the negative impacts of unrealistic body ideals.

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Resource Materials

Mudd advertisement
Historical Body Ideals Cards
Body Ideals throughout History Handout