Body Image a Focus of Preschool Program

by Ryan Halvorson on May 23, 2008

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It’s never too early to get kids thinking about body image and diversity, say facilitators of a project developed by Louisiana State University’s (LSU) Child Development Laboratory Preschool.

The preschool teachers traced outlines of the students’ bodies onto large pieces of paper. The children were then encouraged to paint their tracings with colors similar to their own skin color and to choose fabrics for their outfits. Next, the preschoolers were urged to discuss their feelings about the project. The purpose of the study, according to an LSU press release, was to begin a healthy dialog about body image at an early age, and to teach children to respect themselves and others.

“As early childhood educators, we believe that promoting an appreciation of diversity and a respect of differences is part of the process of helping children develop positive body images,” stated preschool teacher Carol Aghayan in the press release. “This type of experience easily lends itself to discussions about our bodies and our abilities, and it encourages children to accept themselves and others.”

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Ryan Halvorson

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Ryan Halvorson is an award-winning writer and editor. He is a long-time author and presenter for IDEA Health & Fitness Association, fitness industry consultant and former director of group training for Bird Rock Fit. He is also a Master Trainer for TriggerPoint.