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News Plastic surgery: news and resources round up
Inspired by Sir Bruce Keogh's report into how celebrity and reality TV culture influence body image, we've collected the best news and teaching resources to these issues in class
With The Only Way is Essex stars setting the trend for Botox and butt implants and girls as young as five worrying about their body image, the normalisation of cosmetic surgery is a subject that is ripe for discussion in the PSHE classroom as well as tutor time.
NHS medical director Sir Bruce Keogh's new report has found that 41% of girls aged seven to 10 and 63% aged 11 to 16 said they felt some pressure to look the way celebrities do and that reality TV shows played a big part in the quest of young women for nose jobs, injectable dermal fillers and breast implants.
Here we pull together the best news stories, multimedia, interactives, stats, teaching resources and websites that will help your class or tutor group analyse the issues and think about their own relationships with their bodies.
From the Guardian
Cosmetic surgery crackdown is needed
Sir Bruce Keogh warns of 'normalisation' of procedures and proposes restrictions on treatments and marketing.
Plastic surgery interactive
Fillers and injections are a particular area of concern to the NHS, but what are they, and where do they go? From filling elderly hands with hyaluronic acid to 'vampire lifts' (that is injecting patients with plasma from their own blood) this interactive explores.
The only way is aesthetics: how Essex stars became cosmetic surgery models
Reality TV has given the industry some serious uplift. But now even its own trade body is calling for a bit of separation.
UK plastic surgery statistics - datablog
It's on the increase, despite the recession. All the vital statistics and charts here - find out which procedures are going up and which are down. Here are the stats for the US.
Sir Bruce Keogh - on video
NHS medical director warns of the normalisation of procedures and calls for tighter regulations.
Who will call a halt to the excesses of plastic surgeons?
Older students will find much fuel for debate in this opinion piece by Catherine Bennett.
The PIP breast implant scandal
Students can read about the former cognac and sausage salesman who made his fortune in PIP breast implants using an illegal homemade concoction of industrial and agricultural silicone which were not fit for humans... seriously yucky stuff.
On the Guardian Teacher's Network
Media smart body image lesson plan
Excellent one-hour lesson to introduce the role of media and advertising in influencing your people's perception of body image. The lesson highlights techniques used in post-production - here are accompanying teachers' notes with an intro by Dr Susie Orbach.
Body image and bullying
Thoughtful lesson from the Citizenship Foundation looking at ways we differ from each other and how to develop a positive body image and learn intervention strategies through role play.
Healthy and happy
This resource aimed at key stage two looks at eating too much and eating too little as a springboard to discussing self-esteem and body image.
Body Mass Index
Useful teachers notes for maths and PSHE lessons on Body Mass Index (BMI) including its history, BMI calculators and charts and suggestions on a better formula.
The best of the web
Reflections of body image - the report
The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) report on body image makes fascinating if depressing reading. The report finds body image dissatisfaction in the UK has never been higher and investigates the causes and consequences.
APPG on Body Image
Excellent info and resources on the Central YMCA and the APPG on body image website on its campaign to prevent negative body image – the biggest single worry of million of children and young people with one in six young people say they would rather be thin than healthy.
A positive body image campaign that is working to banish body shame including their Gok Wan-endorsed gossip school self esteem class http://www.bodygossip.org/gossipschool.
Big picture on how we look from the Wellcome Trust
This is a fascinating little set of resources from the Wellcome Trust on the interplay between the biology which sculpts our form and the culture that interprets and adapts it. What do we mean by 'normal' what is beauty? Loads of food for thought and teaching resources here.
One in 500 children and young people has a severe disfigurement and one in a 100 have some sort of visible difference. This charity confronts the way we face disfigurement and this site includes facts and figures, teaching resources and their brilliant Face Equality campaign.
Centre for Appearance Research
Interesting videos and info from this research hub based at the University of the West of England.