Disordered Eating Vocabulary
Lesson Plan Reference
Grade Level 9-12
Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)
Type of Assignment Individual or Partner
Type of Activity: Visual Vocabulary Boards
When covering important topics, it is essential for all students to understand common terminology so that everyone is on the same page with content. When students define words in their own terms using visuals it helps students get their perspectives across and retain information better. It is very possible to create visuals without depicting the act of purging itself. Creating educational scenes rather than inappropriate triggering scenes is important for maintaining a safe environment for all students.
Have the students choose five of the terms below. Usually students will pick the most popular three (anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating) because they are familiar with these terms and it may be easier for them to visualize. Asking them to pick five will force them to learn through discovery.
Eating Disorder Vocabulary
Disordered body image leading to extremely restrictive food intake
Disordered body image and high anxiety that leads to individuals purging their food intake because of guilt, shame, or distress. Purging, use of laxatives, or extreme exercising are some examples.
Reoccurring over-consumption of food in a short period of time, usually leading to unhealthy methods of ridding the body of recent food intake
Obsession with a perceived imperfection; usually the imperfection does not exist or is exaggerated
currently not considered an eating disorder
Diabetic patients attempt to control weight by abusing their insulin levels
Unhealthy fixation with only eating healthy foods
Consumption of things that are not usually considered food, like hair, fingernails, or fabric, in an attempt to fill stomach without consuming calories
Mental image of the body. Someone with poor body image may be more susceptible to extreme behaviors in order to change their appearance.
Attitudes you have about yourself, positive or negative. Someone with low self esteem may be easily influenced by media messages and social expectations.
Behavior that reduces anxiety or stress in an attempt to gain comfort
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Demonstrate your understanding of eating disorder terminology by creating visualizations.
- Choose five of the vocabulary words discussed and type them in the title boxes.
- Come up with your own definition and type it in the description box.
- Illustrate the meaning of the word in the cell using a combination of appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
- Alternatively, use Photos for Class to show the meaning of the words with the search bar.
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