Students Gain Insight on Body Image Perception

By Annie Mishler, freshman


Freshmen Lea Hewitt and Rebecca Mills worked together on a recent project in Mrs. Taft’s PE class to “change the world for the better.”  They decided to explore ideas about body image and attractiveness by surveying Edgewood students about what type of male and female body figures they find most attractive.

 

“We noticed there were a lot of problems at Edgewood with girls getting body shamed and a lot of put downs.” Freshman Lea Hewitt said when asked what gave them their topic idea.

 

After getting the approval from Mrs. Taft the two classmates went on to the second step. Lea Hewitt and Rebecca Mills surveyed multiple people in each grade to get a variety of opinions for a variety of ages. “A lot of the people were really shocked, they didn’t really know how to respond. They seemed to be really shy about the whole situation.” Freshman Lea Hewitt and Rebecca Mills said. After finishing their interviews, they received their answer.

 

After adding up the survey responses, they discovered a clear pattern. “It was mainly really curvy women and really fit men. None of them were the big or the skinny, it was in the middle.” Freshman Lea Hewitt and Rebecca Mills said. The two Freshman then gathered their finished data, and got it ready to turn in.

 

Ms.Taft got all the projects together forming a gallery walk. The students walked around seeing how the others will “change the world for the better.”  “I think we had a pretty good effect. Most people gave us genuine responses and we got data that we really liked.” Freshman Lea Hewitt said.

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