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There so many things about our bodies that we do not take time to even comprehend. In your lifetime you will shed forty-five pounds of skin. In your lifetime, you will make enough saliva to fill two whole swimming pools. Tongues are very unique in fact; the tongue print is slightly more accurate than any single fingerprint. The human body is vastly complex. The worksheets found below will help you understand basic human anatomy and physiology. These worksheets cover a huge scale of topics including all the major organs and tissues. We look at the meaning of blood types and the movement of a digested apple. Every organ system is grouped together to attempt to move from the macro level (full picture) to the micro level (individual tissues). This collection has been cited by hundreds of NSTA teachers at several national conference. We have something for pretty much all grade levels. If you see something that we are missing in the series, please let us know.
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Print human body worksheets, click the buttons to print each worksheet and associated answer key., blood types.
The frequencies of blood types vary in populations around the world. For example, the frequencies of the A, B, AB, and O blood types differ in three US populations as shown below.
The Human Skeleton
Label the following parts of the human Skeletal system on the diagram.
Anatomy of Bone
Provide the labels for the indicated parts on the diagrams of a longitudinal section and cross section of bone below. Some labels are used more than once.
Provide the labels for the structures in a neuron shown to the left.
Spinal Cord and Reflexes
In the diagram to the left, provide the labels for the structures involved in the reflex act when a person steps on a tack and jerks their leg away.
Provide the labels for the diagram on the left below and provide descriptions of the functions of each structure on the blank lines.
Anatomy of the Eye
Provide the labels for the indicated parts on the diagram of an eye.
Anatomy of the Ear
Provide the labels for the indicated parts on the diagram of an ear.
Inflammation of the membranes surrounding brain and spinal cord 3. Most simple structural component of the nervous unit.
Human Endocrine Glands
Provide the labels for the indicated parts on the diagram of the endocrine system.
For the physiological effects listed below, provide the name of the hormone responsible.
The Male Reproductive Structures
Provide the labels for the indicated parts on the diagram of the male reproductive system.
The Femal Reproductive Structures
Provide the labels for the indicated parts on the diagram of the female reproductive system.
Provide the labels for the indicated parts on the diagram of the baby in its mommy.
Complete the full reading passage by using the word bank that is provided for you.
Human Reproduction and Endocrine Crossword
Example clue: Endocrine gland at base of brain. 4. Hormone that causes follicle to mature. 6. At the base of brain, gland that interacts with pituitary. 7. Hormone produced by thyroid. 9. Pituitary hormone that targets adrenal cortex.
An Apple for Lunch
The digestive system is the part of your body that changes the food you eat, like me Goldie the Delicious Apple, into the energy you need every day for living. The food you eat is digested and the parts of your body that are responsible for this abreaks down food into useable energy for your body.
An Apple for Lunch Multiple Choice Questions
Which part of the organ can stretch and get bigger?
Short Answer Questions
Healthy teeth are needed for chewing food and preparing it for processed. Do some research and write a short report describing three ways to keep your teeth healthy.
Digestive System Diagram
What's in there anyway?
Label the Digestive Colored Parts
No, there is not a word bank.
Black and White Diagram
Finish all those parts of the digestive system.
Food for Thought
If you have already studied about the digestive system you are familiar with the path that food takes through your body. You already understand that food needs to be chewed in order to prepare it for processing by the stomach and how the stomach adds acid and churns food to convert it to a form that can be absorbed into the body through the intestines.
F for T -Multiple Choice Questions
The proteins, carbohydrates, and fats from the food that was eaten travels to cells throughout the body in what?
A doctor who specializes in diseases and problems of the digestive tract is called a gastroenterologist. Would you like to be a gastroenterologist? Explain why or why not.
Oh Those Pre-teen Hormones
The endocrine system is the master controller of all hormone production in the body. We all know that hormones kick in at puberty and make the lives of teens either wonderful or miserable or both at the same time!
Oh Those Pre-teen Hormones Multiple Choice Questions
Which part of the endocrine system plays a major part in growth?
Oh Those Pre-teen Hormones Short Answer Questions
A few children do not grow to the same height as average children; they are very short. If doctors give them growth hormone they will grow taller over time. Do you think doctors should give children growth hormone to make them taller?
Major Endocrine Glands
They are set out for you to use as a diagram.
You're Getting on My Nerves! Short Answer Questions
Your nervous system is made up of your brain, the spinal cord and a large branching network of nerves that spread out from the spinal cord.
Nervous System Short Answer Questions
The branching network of nerves spread from what place?
Explain how signals travel back and forth between the brain and muscles so that the muscles move properly.
Major Nerves Diagram
They are all set out for you.
Otto, the O2 Molecule
Otto was gently tickled and cleaned of dust and dirt by cilia, the hairs inside your nose and then he passed through the pharynx (throat).
Otto, the O2 Molecule Multiple Choice Questions
Which part of the respiratory organs is strengthened by cartilage?
Otto, the O2 Molecule Short Answer Questions
A bronchial tube and all the bronchioles inside a lung are called a bronchial tree. Explain why this is a good metaphor.
Human Lungs Diagram
Label all the important parts.
Do You Remember Potty Training?
The liquid that you pee is called urine. Your body is constantly making urine but instead of getting rid of it as it's produced, urine is stored in a flexible sac in your lower abdomen called the bladder.
Excretory Multiple Choice Questions
How many kidneys does a human have?
Excretory Short Answer Questions
Do some research and find out what the recommended amount of water to drink every day is.
How does your body filter waste out of the blood?
Human Urinary System
Mostly the parts of a kidney.
Urinary System Close View
Label all of the branches.
Your Skeleton Gives You Shape
Your skeleton is the framework of your body. The skeleton provides structural strength so you can sit, stand and walk plus some parts of your skeleton are designed to protect important organs.
Skeleton Multiple Choice Questions
Which nutrient is especially needed to keep bones strong?
Skeleton Short Answer Questions
You and your grandfather each break a leg in a skiing accident. Whose leg will probably heal faster and why?
Framework of Human Skeleton
Everything is labelled for you.
Side View of Human Skeleton
Put your hand up in there. All the major parts are already labelled for you, but you can go into further detail.
Human Skeleton with Body Mass
A good way to understand the positioning of the skeleton.
Close-up view of Upper Appendage
A side view of your arm to shoulder.
A Body Builder's Focus
Body builders are athletes who try to develop their muscles to the utmost and are judged on their muscle formation during a competition.
Types of Muscle Multiple Choice Questions
Which type of muscles are involuntary muscles?
Muscle Short Answer Questions
Select a part of the body, like arm, shoulder, leg or neck. Do some research and name the skeletal muscles associated with that part of the body.
Major Muscles Ventral View
Yes, he is the picture of health.
Major Muscles Dorsal View
Where are you going with all that muscle?
A Vampire's Favorite Snack
Blood carries vital oxygen to all parts of your body. Oxygenated blood travels through flexible tubes in your body called arteries. In order to reach every cell in the body, arteries branch into smaller tubes called arterioles and at the end of arterioles are capillaries.
Describe how each tissue or organ listed below interacts with blood.
A Vampire's Favorite Snack Multiple Choice Questions
What part of your body brings deoxygenated blood back from your brain?
A Vampire's Favorite Snack Short Answer Questions
Explain how your body makes new blood to replace blood you lose from having a blood test or a cut (or a vampire bite!).
Red, White and Blue Working for You
The main organ of the circulatory system is the heart. The heart is a muscle that serves as the pump that moves or circulates the blood throughout the body.
Red or White Blood Cell?
What is the function of platelets?
Red, White and Blue Working for You Multiple Choice Questions
Which part of the circulatory system looks blue under the skin?
Circulatory Short Answer Questions
List three types of blood cells and explain the function of each.
The main review worksheet that you will need.
Human Anatomy: Teeth
Label each type of tooth.
Human Anatomy: Teeth (No Word Bank)
There is no help with this one.
Place the following phrases that are associated with the skeleton on the concept map below.
Human Anatomy: The Arm
Word Bank: Radius, Humerus, Ulna, Phalange, Clavicle
The Arm (No Word Bank)
Go it alone!
Label the parts of the brain.
The Brain (No Bank)
If there were a bank it would be- Word Bank: Cerebellum, Spinal Cord, Cerebrum, Medulla, Midbrain
The Digestive System
Label the organs of the digestive tract.
Digestive System (No Words)
Word Bank: Large Intestine, Pancreas, Liver, Small Intestine, Gall Bladder, Stomach, Esophagus
Use the bank to label all of the parts of the heart correctly. Word Bank: Left Atrium, Pulmonary Vein, Right Ventricle, Pulmonary Artery, Right Atrium, Left Ventricle.
No Bank on the Heart
Label the parts of the human heart without any help at all.
Order the letters to follow the blood flow from W to P.
The Respiratory System (No Bank)
Word Bank Bronchus Trachea Diaphragm Nose Lung Mouth Bronchiole
The Respiratory System (Word bank)
Label the parts of the human respiratory system.
The Skeleton (Word Bank)
Word Bank: Fibula, Pelvis, Skull, Humerus, Sternum, Femur, Rib, Tibia, Rib, Vertebra
The Skeleton (No Words)
Label the parts of the human skeleton.
What are the Jobs of the Digestive Organs?
Label the liver, esophagus, large intestine, mouth, small intestine, gallbladder, pancreas, stomach, anus and appendix.
Label the organs that help with the chemical and physical changes of fat. Color these organs green.
Data and Observations
What is the importance of the digestive system?
The diagram you will need for this project.
The last diagram you will need for this project.
Muscular System Concept Map
Map out those muscles.
The Skeletal System
The term skeletal system refers collectively to all the bones, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage in a body. Tendons attach bones to muscles. Ligaments attach bones to other bones.
The Skeletal System Questions
What part of the skeletal system produces red and white blood cells?
The Muscular System
All of the muscles in the human body are known collectively as the muscular system. There are more than 650 muscles in the human body. Muscles are found underneath of our skin, in some organs, and wrapped around all of our bones.
QUESTIONS: The Muscular System
Muscles are what enable the human body to move. Cardiac muscles, which are the ones in our heart, perform their function without us having to consciously tell them to do it.
The Cardiovascular System
Collectively, the heart, blood, and blood vessels make up the body's cardiovascular system. Blood picks up nutrients from the food we eat and oxygen from our lungs and carries those things to individual cells, where they are put to use.
QUESTIONS: The Cardiovascular System
The heart is located in the left side of your chest, inside of your rib cage. The heart is composed largely of muscle that expands and contracts to pump blood through the body.
Our bodies use the food we eat for maintenance and construction, as well as to provide us with energy to do the things we do. However, the chemical energy that is stored in foods isn't accessible to the body in the form that we eat it. Before we can use the energy that is stored in the chemical bonds of our foods to power our bodies, we need to put some energy into those foods in order to convert them into a form our bodies can use.
QUESTIONS: The Digestive System
What is the name of the flap the keeps food from getting into our windpipe when we swallow?
The Nervous System
The brain, the spinal cord, and the nerve pathways all over the body are collectively called the nervous system. There are two parts to the nervous system. The central nervous system consists of the brain and the spinal cord. The peripheral nervous system are all the rest of the nerves located everywhere else.
QUESTIONS: The Nervous System
The peripheral nervous system includes two main sets of nerves. The autonomous nervous system works without us having to think about what is happening.
The Respiratory System
The respiratory system in the human body is responsible for bringing oxygen into the body and expelling carbon dioxide out of the body.
QUESTIONS: The Respiratory System
The nose is not just a place for air to come into the body. Nasal cavities contain both hair and mucus that filter dust and other particles out of the air so that these things don't get into our lungs.
The Endocrine System
The endocrine system is a group of glands in the human body that produce hormones. Hormones are chemicals that carry information and instructions between cells.
QUESTIONS: The Endocrine System
Which of the following is part of both the endocrine and digestive systems?
The Urinary System
When you eat, your digestive system breaks down the food into chemicals that your body can use for energy. This process produces both solid and liquid waste.
QUESTIONS: The Urinary System
When blood passes through the kidneys, water, protein, glucose, and other nutrients return to the bloodstream, while the waste is filtered out. This waste is in the form of urine, and it contains water, urea (waste resulting from the breakdown of proteins), urochrome (a pigmented blood product that colors urine yellow), salts, creatinine (waste resulting from the normal breakdown of muscle), byproducts of bile from the liver, and ammonia.
The Immune System
The immune system is the body's defense system against disease. The main organs making up the immune system are the spleen, lymph nodes, thymus, and bone marrow.
QUESTIONS: The Immune System
Proper immune function requires that the immune system know which cells to attack and which to leave alone. Specific antigens require specific antibodies, so antibodies only attack the cells they are supposed to attack and leave other cells alone.
The Integumentary System
Skin, hair, nails, and exocrine glands are collectively known as the integumentary system. Exocrine glands are glands that create and release substances through the skin, rather than through the blood.
QUESTIONS: The Integumentary System
Where on the body does our skin have the most receptor cells?
What Are the Systems of the Human Body?
Our bodies are super cool! There are so many things going on in it that we still don't fully understand to this day. The mouth produces nearly one liter of saliva every day. Did you know that you shed nearly ten pounds of skin cells every year? In your lifetime, your heart will beat just about three billion (with a B) times. Some more numbers for you... The human body is made up of two-hundred and six bones working in concert with your three-hundred and twenty pairs of muscles. The top half of the body, the head, houses the control center organ of the body called the brain. The center part of the body is often referred to as the core and houses most major organ systems. The arms and legs that build off of the core are needed for movement and doing work.
A human body, like a machine, is made of numerous structures that work together to perform a specific function. These structures are categorized as cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems.
The systems of the human body include the digestive, nervous, and other major structures that work interdependently to ensure proper functioning. Each system is an organization of various organs that function as a unit to sustain life.
Also known as the gastrointestinal system (GI), the digestive system is composed of the following:
These organs work together to ensure food is broken down chemically for absorption into the bloodstream. The blood transports the absorbed food to the cells for conversion into the energy we use for everyday activities.
It also eliminates undigested food in the form of fecal matter.
The Cardiovascular/Circulatory System
The circulatory system is the channel through which oxygen, nutrients, hormones, and other essential substances are distributed throughout the body. Distribution is achieved by the blood , which is pumped through the blood vessels by the heart .
Consequently, it is responsible for removing waste products from body cells.
Cells require oxygen for energy production, without which the body will die within minutes. The respiratory system ensures the intake of oxygen (inhalation) and diffusion into the bloodstream for conversion into energy. It also ensures the removal of carbon dioxide from the body (exhalation).
The organs responsible for these functions are the following:
- Pharynx (windpipe)
The Reproductive System
It is responsible for the creation of offspring in humans via sexual reproduction. The reproductive organs in males and females differ. Besides the production of sex cells, as in males, the female reproductive organs ensure the growth and development of the offspring.
It's through reproduction that the continuity of the human species is guaranteed.
We perceive sensations and emotions, and respond to environmental changes, thanks to our nervous system. It transmits signals from the brain to the rest of the body and vice versa through a network of nerves attached to the spinal cord.
The Excretory/Urinary System
This is the body's drainage mechanism, and it works to filter blood and remove waste metabolic products in the form of urine.
The mechanism consists of:
- Urinary bladder
It's also responsible for controlling the blood's water and salt concentration and maintaining its PH at normal.
The Musculoskeletal System
This is an organization of bones , muscles , and tendons that provide the body with its general framework. It's responsible for support, protection of vital organs, body posture, and movement. The bones manufacture blood cells and store essential minerals like calcium.
Also called the exocrine system, the integumentary system works to protect our inner organs from the environment. It consists of:
It also plays a significant role in regulating water and body temperature, excretion of sweat, and vitamin D synthesis.
It is composed of various glands that secrete hormones that control most body functions.
The hormones are responsible for processes like:
- The menstrual cycle
- Blood sugar regulation
- Cell metabolism and other similar processes
The Immune and Lymphatic Systems
These two systems complement each other to provide immunity to the body.
The lymphatic system plays a role in the production and cleansing of the lymph, a fluid that houses the immune system's lymphocytes, otherwise known as white blood cells. It also drains excess lymph fluid from tissues, returning It to the circulatory system.
On the other hand, the immune system comprises:
- White blood cells
- Bone marrow
These all work with the lymphatic system to fight infections.
The human body is composed of a network of systems that are composed of organs and tissues that work as a unit to execute a complex function. The functionality of these systems is vital for the sustainability of human life.
Body Parts Worksheets
Download free body parts worksheets and use them in class today. On this page, you can find a collection of PDF worksheets for teaching parts of the body to kids and beginner English language learners. See below for the body parts worksheets that are currently available, and check the bottom of the page for related resources.
This first body parts worksheet is great for teaching body parts vocabulary in English. This worksheet includes 10 words about parts of the body with pictures. To complete the worksheet, students should look at the body parts picture and then circle the correct spelling of the word. The body part words included on this worksheet at head, eyes, ear, nose, mouth, arm, leg, hand, hair, and foot.
To complete this next body parts worksheet, students should look at the picture and then fill in the blank space with the correct body parts word. This worksheet is great for practicing writing and spelling the parts of the body in English.
This body parts worksheet includes 10 jumbled up words. Students must unscramble the letters to make a word and then write the correct spelling of the word in the box provided.
This worksheet is a body parts word search. It includes 12 words related to parts of the body in English. To complete the word search, students should find the body part names in the grid and then check off the words at the bottom of the worksheet once they have found them.
To complete this worksheet, students should look at the picture and write down the correct name of that part of the body in English three times. This worksheet is great for kids and beginner English students to practice writing the names of the parts of the body in English.
This last worksheet is a printable body parts board game. To play, students should play rock, scissors, paper and the winner gets to move their game piece one square. Then, the students should make a sentence based on the image in that square. For example, “He has a big nose.”, “Touch your head.”, etc. Next, students should play rock, scissors, paper again, and the winner will again move their game piece, and then make a sentence using the body part word in that square. The first student to make it all the way around the world is the winner.
For more lesson materials for teaching body parts vocabulary in English, check out these related resources: Body Parts Flashcards Body Parts Lesson Plan Body Parts PPT Parts Of The Body Vocabulary Exercises Body Parts Quiz
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FREE Human Body Systems Labeling Worksheets
Teaching anatomy in your homeschool? Utilize these FREE Human Body Systems Labeling Worksheets to supplement your lesson plans on the study of the human body. Here is a list of FREE anatomy worksheets on six of the human body systems that include the circulatory system, the digestive system, the respiratory system, the muscular system, the nervous system, and the skeletal system.
These FREE Labeling Worksheets can also be downloaded for FREE from my curriculum store .
A human body system is a group of organs that work together to perform a specific function. The human body has 11 body systems (12 if you separate male and female). The human body systems studied at the elementary / grammar school level are usually the circulatory system, respiratory system, muscular system, digestive system, and nervous system. The other human body systems are just as important but a bit more complex, therefore, they studied at higher grade levels either in high school or college. They are the endocrine system, immune system, lymphatic system, reproductive system (male and female), skeletal system, and urinary system.
This post is a roundup of all of my own personal Human Body Systems Worksheets that I created. I also have a post that includes various other links to other resources for FREE Printables for all the lessons in the Apologia Anatomy and Physiology textbook . I used this textbook for two separate homeschooling years, during our 2012-2013 school year and again during our 2016-2017 homeschool year . Since I taught all three of my children, I rotated the Apologia textbooks every four years.
We have used Apologia Science / Berean Builders textbooks and curriculum for the past 10 years and in my opinion, they are the Best All-Around Curriculum , Most Affordable , best for new homeschool moms, and the best for homeschool hands-on learning with great labs .
If you happen to be planning your curriculum for the next school year, consider using Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology and also using the supplemental worksheets I listed as free printables by a lesson in conjunction with the textbook and the Apologia Exploring Creation with Anatomy & Physiology Junior Notebooking Journal.
FREE HUMAN BODY SYSTEMS WORKSHEETS PRINTABLES
This FREE Human Body Systems Worksheets Printables hands-on supplemental resource will enable your students to review and learn about the six major body systems.
This resource will fit into the Apologia interactive science notebooking journal as well. These resources work great as a supplemental to the Apologia Anatomy and Physiology textbook and Notebooking Journal. Keep in mind these are for grades 3-6.
SIX Body Systems Included:
✔ circulatory system
✔ digestive system
✔ respiratory system
✔ muscular system
✔ nervous system
✔ skeletal system
Here are a few suggestions on how to use this resource:
FREE Labeling Worksheets for the Muscular System
Free labeling worksheets for the respiratory system, free labeling worksheets for skeletal system, free labeling worksheets for circulatory system, free worksheets for nervous system, free worksheets for digestive system, free worksheets for human body systems foldables printable.
I hope you can utilize these FREE Human Body Systems Labeling Worksheets with your Science curriculum planning. My children had so much fun learning about our human bodies! My daughter is currently in Dual Credit High School Program studying to be a Nurse Practioner, that is how much she thoroughly enjoyed Anatomy!
Body Parts Worksheets
Free printable body parts worksheets for your students in the classroom or kids at home!
Your children will love learing with these body parts worksheets !
Not only they will learn to label various parts of the body and face, but they will also strengthen their scissor skills and enjoy coloring the pages as well!
You will find both – a boy and a girl design in this printable. Your kids or students will practice names of the main body parts, but they will also take a closer look and name parts of the face .
Body parts worksheets for kindergarten
You will find a total of four pages in this printable PDF for kindergarten students .
First, children will need to match the body parts with the labels by simply drawing a line. If they are not able to read the names of body parts, you might need to assist them by reading them aloud.
The next worksheet is focused on human face parts such as eyes, nose, ears, and so on.
And the last two worksheets include the same words but they are in cut and paste format. So children will practice their scissor skills too.
Plus, your kids will definitely enjoy coloring the girl and/or the boy!
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Opposites Worksheets For Preschool – teach children the opposites such as short vs. long, heavy and light, or happy and sad
Prepositions For Preschoolers – cute book to easily make at home and teach basic prepositional words
Circle Time Printable Calendar – include these free calendar pages in your morning routine and teach your students the days, months, seasons, and the weather
Days Of The Week Printable – perfect worksheets if your children are learning the order of the days of the week
Seasons Worksheets For Kindergarten – great learning about the changing seasons and their typical characteristics
Label the Body Parts Worksheets
It is quick and easy to download and use this set of worksheets. Children in preschool and kindergarten will enjoy learning the names and correct spelling of the body and facial parts.
You might even like to use these with your ESL students!
What you’ll need:
- the Body parts printable (download at the end)
- safety scissors
- crayons or markers for coloring
This can also be a fun handwriting practice for kindergarten students. Instead of pasting the words, they might try to write them in the blank spaces themselves!
Parts of the body worksheets
Here you will find a preview of the body parts worksheets included in this printable PDF.
To download this printblae PDF, just find the pink Planes&Balloons banner and the dowload link right below it.
I hope your kids will have fun learning with these worksheets!
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Free Human Anatomy Printable Pack
If you’re studying the human body in your homeschool, we hope you’ll enjoy our free Human Anatomy Printable Pack . You’ll find over 40 full color pages of learning and fun covering the organs of the human body and the major body systems.
In this packet you will find:
Fill-in-the-blank worksheets and summary pages for
- The major organs of the body
- The skeletal system
- The muscular system
- The respiratory system
- The circulatory system
- The digestive system
- The nervous system
Scripture copywork pages for handwriting practice
Head here to download your free printables. Enjoy!
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Human Body Printables for Kids
We’re jumping right into my favorite subject and getting into some science worksheets. We’ll be working on the human body next, so look forward to getting some more human body printables to help your kids learn about their bodies.
Kids love body printables, but it can be hard to find them.
We’ve created the perfect collection of human body printables for kids that will keep your little ones entertained while learning about the different parts of their bodies.
Download our free human body activity pages and start exploring! Our set include a labeling worksheet and vocabulary cards to learn about the functions of the different organs.
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The human body worksheets include all of the major organs in our body to label.
Learn more about the functions of each organ with the vocabulary cards.
Kids love discovering about their own body parts they’ll love these worksheets.
You can follow the path that food takes to travel through your own body. See the organs whose job it is to digest your food.
While your brain controls your bodily function, your heart distributes oxygen and nutrients to your body with blood, and your lungs get more oxygen for your body and expel carbon dioxide.
Each organ is special and has an important job to do. It belongs to a specific body system that has an important task and it works together with the other organs to achieve its mission.
You can discuss how the brain is part of the nervous system, and how the brain works to control important functions like pain, breathing and motor functions.
The lungs are part of the respiratory system to bring in oxygen and get rid of waste – carbon dioxide.
The heart is a giant strong muscle that pumps blood filled with oxygen throughout the body, brings it back to pump it through the lungs to get more oxygen when it gets low.
These worksheets don’t show any muscles or bones but know that the skeletal system gives our body structure and the muscular system helps our body move by contracting the muscles. There are also involuntary muscles that are always at work like our heart or in our digestive system that moves food along the digestive tract.
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Recommended Human Body Books
Extend the activity by reading your favorite human body books or finding specific features or systems your child has an interest in.
See how each organ belongs to a human body system and how each system has a specific job to do in the body.
It’s amazing how the body is organized.
Human body worksheets
You’ll get one page of the fill-in-the-blank and another page of the cards to match up the labels to the pictures.
On the first worksheet, it uses the words bowels to include both small and large intestine, I’d prefer to keep them separate but I had no choice with the image I was using.
My plan is to go through each of the body’s systems so stay tuned as we jump into more details later. Right now I wanted to give my child a bigger picture overview and get him use to seeing the organs.
I left it up to him to ask me what they did, he wanted to know how kidneys worked and I explained how they filtered out unwanted waste to create urine. Of course, he had to laugh at the organ that created pee. Don’t even get me started on bowels with him. It will be a fun study so we’ve gathered up some books and will be jumping in.
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Recommended human body kits
Try one of these human body activities to get more hands-on experience so your kids can see what is really inside the body. Some kids need more concrete examples or to feel and touch the models to get a better sense of their own bodies.
We’ll start with some of the major organs as I try to gather more images for what I want to teach my son.
Want to learn more about the other body systems? Find it all in one place in the Curious Learners Print & Go Activity Kit: Human Body .
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Add this body worksheet to your science unit and your kids will be eager to learn more about their internal organs and body parts.
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Reproductive System Coloring Pages
If you are about to teach about the human reproductive system, you better download these reproductive system coloring pages! This a great way for kids to remember the parts of this important body system.
Preschool Human Body Printables
Human body puzzles
Nervous System Worksheets
STEM Respiratory System Investigation Asthma versus Healthy from Life Over C’s
What’s Inside Your Blood – An Edible Model from Preschool Powol Packets
Telling the Time – Body Clock from Rainy Day Mum
Human Body Games for Kids from The Natural Homeschool
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These are so beautiful! 🙂
What a wonderful resource! They are perfect for human body units. We will be using them the next time we are learning about anatomy. Pinned for future reference!! Have a blessed weekend!!
Wonderful, thank you!
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Thanks I”m looking into the issue and sent you the pdf.
Thanks so much for sharing these incredible units. My 7 year old niece want one with everything. She asks about the appendix, Pancreas, and the gallbladder. Any ideas where I could find that material? Thanks again love these units. My 5 year old son really enjoys them.
I’m glad she’s enjoying them. I’m working on adding more so once I can find great clip art, I’ll update this.
HELLO! these printables seem amazing and i would love to use them with our little but for some reason it keeps saying my email address is invalid. i have tried both of the ones i have and neither one is working. is there any other way i can get access to the print outs?
Tara, I manually added you to the list and you should have received the printables, let me know if that didn’t work.
Very cool. Thank you for sharing.
Thank you so much. Very usefull for me. Marika
Love the level of detail and color provided in your resources! I’m starting a month long human heart journey with my 3 year old and I look forward to referencing some of your material. Thank you!
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2+ Positive Body Image Activities & Worksheets
This is a very common problem for people today, especially women. With advertisements and images of a specific body type constantly bombarding us wherever we are or whatever we’re doing—on television, on our phones, on social media, on our commutes and while we’re out shopping—it’s easy to see how we can begin to feel bad about our bodies.
Building a positive body image is a good way to counteract this negative stream of images we are encouraged to compare ourselves to.
If you’re feeling unattractive and down about your body, read on to find out how you can improve how you feel about yourself. It doesn’t matter what size you are—you are always deserving of love and respect, especially from yourself!
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What is a positive body image (definition), effects of the media and instagram on pbi, how to feel good about your body, how to be happy with your body when you’re overweight, worksheets and activities for improving your body image, positive body image & affirmations: a good idea, campaigns, posters, & advertisements on pbi, 10 positive body image quotes & songs, best books on positive body image, further reading: blogs and articles, relevant youtube videos, a take-home message.
In simple terms, body image is:
“…the perception that a person has of their physical self and the thoughts and feelings that result from that perception.”
(National Eating Disorders Collaboration)
As this definition shows, body image isn’t just one unidimensional construct. It’s made up of four aspects:
- Perceptual body image: how you see your body
- Affective body image: how you feel about your body
- Cognitive body image: how you think about your body
- Behavioral body image: the way you behave as a result of your perceptual, affective, and cognitive body image (NEDC, 2017)
When your body image is positive, you are able to accept, appreciate, and respect your body (NEDC, n.d.). You won’t necessarily avoid feeling any insecurities or think your body is perfect, but you will be able to acknowledge any insecurities for what they are and believe that your body is perfect for you.
According to clinical psychologist and faculty member Elizabeth Halsted, there are three components to having a positive body image, or PBI:
- Self-esteem : valuing ourselves and believing that others appreciate us and enjoy our company.
- A positive attitude: accepting our strengths and our weaknesses, and avoiding three negative attitudes: a. Perfectionism: holding ideals or standards that are impossible (or next to impossible) to achieve. b. Comparing: making social comparisons with others. c. Being highly critical or judgmental: the more critical and judgmental we are of others, the more likely we are to be critical and judgmental of ourselves.
- Emotional stability: maintaining a healthy connection to our thoughts and feelings while also being able to share our experiences with others (Halsted, 2016).
Improving your own body image can be hard, but it’s certainly doable. We’ll describe some exercises and activities you can do to boost your own positive body image, or PBI, but this list from the National Eating Disorder Collaboration (2017) is full of useful suggestions on how to be more body positive:
- Focus on your positive qualities, skills, and talents.
- Say positive things to yourself every day (practicing affirmations puts this suggestion to use)
- Avoid negative or berating self-talk
- Focus on appreciating and respecting what your body can do
- Set positive, health-focused goals rather than weight loss-focused goals.
- Admire the beauty of others, but avoid comparing yourself to anyone else.
- Remind yourself that many media images are unrealistic and unattainable for the vast majority of people (and even for the subject of the image, thanks to Photoshop!).
In a 2005 study of the effects of idealized media images on college women, researcher Renee Engeln-Maddox found that being presented with just three advertisements featuring highly attractive female models caused many of the women to compare themselves and their own bodies to the idealized images they viewed.
Even when participants used the critical processing technique of counterarguing, or generating counterarguments against unhealthy social comparison, they still experienced appearance-related dissatisfaction and internalization of the “thin ideal.”
In 2008, a meta-analysis (an analysis of the results from many studies) confirmed the relationship between mass media images and the internalization of an unhealthy thin ideal in women, along with dissatisfaction with one’s body (Grabe, Ward, & Hyde).
Further, not only do advertisements and targeted messages to consumers affect our body image, but the images we see of our friends, colleagues, and acquaintances on social media also make an impact. In 2013, researchers Marika Tiggemann and Amy Slater connected Facebook use to higher body image concerns in 13 to 15-year old girls.
The same study showed a significant relationship between internalization of the thin ideal and time spent on the internet. Later, researchers Fardouly, Diedrichs, Vartanian, and Halliwell (2015) found another link between social media use and both mood and body concerns in women; specifically, spending just 10 minutes browsing Facebook instead of a neutral control website resulted in a more negative food and more facial, hair, and skin-related concerns.
Although the most significant effects of media on body image and self-esteem have been observed in women, men are certainly not immune to the images of the “ideal” body. Men who viewed advertisements featuring male models or actors with the muscular ideal body type were more likely to feel negative about their own bodies, and more likely to feel dissatisfied with their own muscles (Hargreaves & Tiggemann, 2009).
Instagram, in particular, seems to have a huge impact on how we see ourselves and our bodies. Researchers Brown and Tiggemann (yes, the same Tiggemann from the earlier studies!) investigated the relationship between viewing Instagram pictures and mood and body dissatisfaction in young women (2016).
Participants were shown one of three sets of images: (1) images of celebrities on Instagram, (2) images of unknown, equally attractive peers on Instagram, or (3) a set of control travel images from Instagram.
Unsurprisingly, those who viewed the celebrity and peer images experienced a more negative mood and greater dissatisfaction with their bodies than those who viewed the travel images. This effect was mediated, or explained by, appearance comparisons.
Don’t feel the need to give up your Instagram account just yet, though—later research qualified this finding by exploring how the ways in which we use social networking sites affect our body satisfaction and body concerns.
Young women who engaged in greater appearance-focused activity on Facebook and Instagram reported greater dissatisfaction with their bodies and a more entrenched internalization of the thin ideal than those who engaged in mostly non-appearance-focused social networking activity (Cohen, Newton-John, & Slater, 2017).
This finding tells us that it is not simply the use of social media that leads to decreased satisfaction with our own bodies, but specifically appearance-related social media usage. When we compare ourselves to the “ideal” bodies we see on Instagram, we generally experience greater dissatisfaction with ourselves.
The biggest thing you can do to feel better about your body is to work on stopping the social comparison process in its tracks. It can be frighteningly easy to compare ourselves to the bodies we see every day, in magazines, on billboards, on television, and now on social media. It’s a small step from looking at and admiring images of “ideal” bodies and thinking, “Why don’t I look like that?” or “That model is so much thinner than me.”
Although easy to do, avoiding these social comparisons may be the best way to boost your own body satisfaction (Posavac, Posavac, & Weigel, 2001).
Avoiding social comparisons is an especially good practice for those who are overweight since there is such a lack of representation of larger body types in the media.
If you’re overweight, you’re certainly not alone in your body concerns. In 2016, nearly 2 billion adults were overweight, or 39% of the world’s adult population (World Health Organization, 2018)!
While there are certain health risks associated with being overweight, and even more risks that accompany obesity, that’s no reason to avoid working towards a healthy self-esteem at any size. Besides, it’s possible to work on becoming more physically and mentally healthy at the same time.
The biggest problem many overweight people face when trying to get healthier, physically and/or mentally, is the vicious cycle:
- They gain weight.
- They feel bad about gaining weight
- They may initially try to get healthy, but eventually, have a setback and use food or inactivity as comfort.
- They gain more weight.
- They feel even worse about their weight.
- They are even less motivated to get healthy and more prone to partaking in unhealthy comforts.
Similarly, when some people attempt to work on improving their mental health, they encounter a similar cycle:
- They feel bad about themselves or experience negative symptoms.
- They feel even worse since they feel like they don’t have control over their own mind.
- They have a setback or withdraw into even more negative feelings about themselves.
And so the cycle continues!
The only surefire way to start getting healthier, physically or mentally, is to break that cycle. And, although this might seem counterintuitive, it actually seems easier for people to first improve their body image, then move on to improving their physical health. This is because when we improve our own body image, we can stop the cycle before it even gets to step 2 (feeling bad about yourself).
Recently published research confirms that having a positive body image can help you be healthier (or at least to gain less weight in the future); a long-term study found that on average those with the lowest body satisfaction gained over twice the number of Body Mass Index (or BMI) units as the girls with the highest body satisfaction (Loth, Watts, van den Berg, & Neumark-Sztainer, 2015).
When we have a negative body image and we gain weight, we might think, “I’m so fat. I’m lazy and useless and I don’t deserve attention and happiness.”
When we have a positive body image and we gain weight, we are more likely to think something like, “Oops! I’ve gained some weight. I better work on making healthier meals and getting out more.”
It may be more difficult to cultivate self-love and acceptance when you are overweight, but you can do it if you put your mind to it! For some ideas on how to start getting more positive about your body image, try some of the worksheets, activities, and exercises listed below.
This list of activities and steps to achieving a positive body image comes from the National Eating Disorders Association (United States) provides several good suggestions to cultivating a positive relationship with your body, including:
- Appreciate all that your body can do.
- Keep a top-ten list of things you like about yourself.
- Remind yourself that “true beauty” is not simply skin-deep.
- Look at yourself as a whole person.
- Surround yourself with positive people.
- Shut down those voices in your head that tell you your body is not “right” or that you are a “bad” person.
- Wear clothes that are comfortable and that make you feel good about your body.
- Become a critical viewer of social and media messages.
- Do something nice for yourself.
- Use the time and energy that you might have spent worrying about food, calories, and your weight to do something to help others (NEDA, n.d.).
In addition to general suggestions and steps you can take, there are several worksheets, handouts, and other resources you can turn to when you need some help. A few of the most popular and effective ones are listed below.
Building Body Acceptance
This resource is designed for people struggling from Body Dysmorphic Disorder, or BDD. This is a disorder in which the sufferer has an extremely negatively, and often extremely skewed, perception of their own body. However, it can be a useful tool for anyone who is working to overcome a very negative body image, especially when a fixation on a specific body part is involved.
This PDF will first describe assumptions, differentiate helpful from unhelpful assumptions, and help you or your client to identify your own unhelpful appearance assumptions.
According to this resource, assumptions are basically guidelines for how we live our lives that we learn through observation of those around us. We might not even be aware of them, but they still play a big role in our thoughts and our behavior.
Helpful assumptions are those that are realistic and flexible, based on actual evidence but able to be modified or adapted as needed. Unhelpful assumptions are assumptions that are the opposite: unrealistic or unreasonable and inflexible. For people struggling with body image issues, these are some common unhelpful appearance-related assumptions:
- If people see the real me, then they will be repulsed.
- If I relax my standards, then I will let myself go.
- If I can see the problem, then everyone else must be noticing it too.
- If people notice how awful I look, then they will be disgusted.
- If I ignore this one blemish, then I’ll drop my standards completely.
- If I look attractive, then people will value me.
- If I don’t look perfect, then others will reject me.
- If I don’t change my appearance, then I will never be happy.
- If I don’t look beautiful, then I look awful.
- If I don’t cover up, then people will see the real me and be horrified.
Once you have identified your own unhelpful appearance-related assumptions, the workbook moves on to adjusting these assumptions. It guides the reader through the following steps:
- Identify the appearance assumption you would like to adjust.
- Ask yourself “Where might this assumption have come from? Why is it still here?”
- Ask yourself “What impact does this assumption have on my life?”
- Ask yourself “In what ways is this assumption unreasonable, unrealistic or unhelpful?”
- Now, think carefully about what might be a more balanced and flexible assumption.
- Finally, ask yourself “What can I do to put this assumption into practice on a daily basis?”
To help you through this worksheet, there is an example completed worksheet you can reference. In the example, the assumption that the writer wants to adjust is “If I don’t look perfect, I look awful.”
To answer question 2 about the origins of the assumption, the writer notes “I was teased about my looks during high school. When I started wearing lots of make-up and spending more time on my appearance the teasing stopped. I guess that even now I am still worried that if I don’t look perfect, I will look awful and feel like I did during high school.”
If you’re interested in following along with this example, you can find it on page 6 of the PDF.
Finally, the workbook ends with some instructions and advice on following through. The reader is advised to keep the new appearance assumption handy, since the old ones can pop up out of nowhere! It’s also important to carry out any daily actions you planned and stick to it.
To see this resource for yourself or download it and apply it with your clients, click here .
Body Worksheet for Kids and Adults
This worksheet is intended for children, but it can be just as useful for adults. Completing it should help you or your client to start or continue the journey to a healthy sense of self-esteem.
In the middle of the worksheet is an outline of a person with a big red heart on the chest. This image should help you keep the point of the exercise in mind—to love and appreciate your body instead of picking out flaws or focusing on things you don’t like about it.
There are four sections to the worksheet with space to write down five things in each. The four sections are:
- What my body does for me
- What I love about my body
- What’s unique about me
- What I can do to help it stay strong and healthy
Try to really give this exercise your full attention and engagement. The more heart you put into filling in the blanks, the greater impact it can have on your body image.
To download this worksheet and use it for yourself or with your clients, click here .
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Many people have found affirmations to be effective for addressing or managing a wide variety of issues, and PBI is no different. Positive, healthy affirmations can help you build a better body image, enhance your self-esteem, and boost your love, compassion, and respect for yourself.
Click here to see a list of 101 affirmations to promote body positivity. The list is intended for those suffering from an eating disorder, but the affirmations are great for anyone who is struggling to feel good about their body. Some example affirmations from this list include:
- My body deserves love.
- I feed my body healthy nourishing food and give it healthy nourishing exercise because it deserves to be taken care of.
- As long as I am good, kind, and hold myself with integrity, it doesn’t matter what other people think of me.
- When I compare myself to others, I destroy myself, I don’t want to destroy myself so I’ll just continue on my journey, not worrying about other people’s journeys.
- Just because someone looks perfect on the outside, doesn’t mean they have a perfect life. No one has a perfect life, we all struggle. That’s just what being human is.
- I choose health and healing over diets and punishing myself.
- Being skinny doesn’t make me good. Being fat doesn’t make me bad.
- My body is a vessel for my awesomeness.
- I deserve to be treated with love and respect and so do you. I choose to do and say kind things for and about myself and for and about others.
If none of these hit the spot for you, feel free to make up some of your own, personal affirmations. As long as they’re positive and rooted in the present, they’ll do!
Brands like Dove (with the “Dove Campaign for Real Beauty”) and Aerie (with their #AerieREAL campaign) are jumping on the bandwagon and promoting body positivity instead of constricting the definition of beauty to a narrow standard (although with varying success).
You can read more about the social media campaigns for body positivity in this article by Bustle writer Erin McKelle.
If you’re not much of a social media person but you’re looking for an image that can remind you to be more accepting and loving of your body, this picture can be used as a screensaver, desktop background, or even printed out and hung up on the wall as a constant reminder to cultivate more positive feelings about your body.
It’s titled “10 Steps to Positive Body Image” and includes the same 10 steps from NEDA that we listed earlier, namely:
- Keep a top-10 list of things you like about yourself—things that aren’t related to how much you weigh or what you look like.
- Remind yourself that “true beauty” is not simply skin-deep… Beauty is a state of mind, not a state of your body.
- Look at yourself as a whole person… choose not to focus on specific body parts.
- Do something nice for yourself—something that lets your body know you appreciate it.
- Use the time and energy that you might have spent worrying about food to help others.
To download this poster for your own use, click here .
For the minimalists out there, this simple “Love Your Body” poster may be all the reminder you need to encourage a healthy respect for your body. You can find it here .
This clever poster from the Now Foundation’s Love Your Body Campaign plays on the images we usually see, and expect to see in the media, to give a more powerful message: that a woman’s worth is far more than the numbers on a scale or on measuring tape. Click here to download this poster.
Finally, this image from Spark People’s campaign has a simple but impactful quote: “There is no wrong way to have a body.” – Glenn Marla
Click here to download this image.
How can we feel more secure in our bodies and inspire a healthy body image?
To help with this, Dr. Hugo Alberts created the tool ‘Creating a Positive Body Image’ found in our PositivePsychology.com Toolkit©.
This tool focus on recognizing and appreciating the incredible functions our body carries out for us. By focusing on what the body can do (its function) rather than on what the body looks like (its appearance) it can help foster a positive body image (Alleva et al., 2015).
Therefore, we encourage you to take a moment and appreciate not what your body looks like at this moment but all that it does for you.
What does your body see, feel, hear, taste? How does your body get you through a difficult day? When we truly think about it, our bodies are rather incredible. Don’t be afraid to recognize this and say thank you to your beautiful body.
We recognize that cultivating a healthy body image can take time and patience, and we hope these prompts can help a little on this journey.
Sometimes a well-placed quote or song lyric can make all the difference between giving in to our negative self-talk and challenging it. Use the quotes and song lyrics listed below to help you silence your inner critic.
Healthy body image is not something that you’re going to learn from fashion magazines.
I think there’s so much emphasis on body image and results and outcome, but really what you should be after is to be healthy and to feel good about yourself.
We all have something about ourselves that we’d change if we could in a perfect world… nobody’s exempted from the realities of life…
It’s hard being a girl. There are a lot of body image issues that come up and I think the best thing we can do for our kids is lead by example.
How to get a bikini body: put a bikini on your body.
To me, beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin. It’s about knowing and accepting who you are.
Music is an incredibly subjective thing, and you may absolutely love or absolutely hate any of these songs; nonetheless, they all have a great message of loving yourself and your body, exactly as it is. If you simply can’t stand hearing one of these songs, try printing out the lyrics and putting them to your own music or just reading them to yourself.
“Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera
Notable lyrics: “You are beautiful, no matter what they say. Words can’t bring you down.”
“Confident” by Demi Lovato
Notable lyrics: “What’s wrong with being confident?”
“Beautiful” by Eminem (content warning: strong language!)
Notable lyrics: “Don’t let ‘em say you ain’t beautiful.”
“Scars to Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara
Notable lyrics: “There’s a hope that’s waiting for you in the dark. You should know you’re beautiful just the way you are.”
Of course, there are just a few of the many examples of songs that can help you boost your PBI. There may be some songs that seem like they have hidden messages, just for you, on loving yourself exactly as you are. As long as it makes you feel positive about yourself—turn it up and put it on repeat!
Unsurprisingly, this popular topic has attracted many authors and readers. There are tons of books out there on cultivating a positive body image from researchers, experts, and everyday people battling their own inner critic. A few of the most popular and highly-rated books on body image are listed here:
- Embody: Learning to Love Your Unique Body (and Quiet that Critical Voice!) by Connie Sobczak and Elizabeth Scott ( Amazon )
- Mothers, Daughters, and Body Image: Learning to Love Ourselves as We Are by Hillary L. McBride ( Amazon )
- Positive Body Image for Kids: A Strengths-Based Curriculum for Children Aged 7-11 by Ruth Macconville ( Amazon )
- The Body is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love by Sonya Renee Taylor ( Amazon )
- Body Kindness: Transform Your Health from the Inside Out—and Never Say Diet Again by Rebecca Scritchfield ( Amazon )
To learn more about positive body image, there are tons of resources you can check out, including:
- The Body Positive organization website .
- The Body Image Movement website
- “Body positivity is everywhere, but is it for everyone?” This USA Today article describes the movement up to 2017 and showcases some of the most influential body positive figures today.
- “‘But I Like My Body”: Positive body image characteristics and a holistic model for young-adult women.” This article from researchers Wood-Barcalow, Tylka, and Augustus-Horvath (2010) describes a model of body positivity that can help us stay be positive and healthy about our body image.
- “A Healthy Body Image.” This piece from PBS explains how you can encourage a more positive body image in yourself and provides good information for encouraging body positivity in your loved ones.
If you’re more of an auditory learner than a reader, not to worry! There are several helpful YouTube videos on this topic that can help you learn more about cultivating a positive body image. Three of the most popular are described below.
This video from Kati Morton, a licensed therapist, addresses body image struggles with a positive approach.
In her TEDx Maastricht Salon talk, Ira Querelle gave a passionate speech on self-esteem, body image, and the body positivity movement. At only 16 years old, Ira made a striking impression.
In this video, you can see her discuss what body image really is, how it affects people, and how to help yourself and others feel better about their bodies.
In this TEDx Jersey City talk, actor and burlesque performer Lillian Bustle describes how the media’s portrayal of women’s bodies can have a profound impact on how women see themselves, talk about themselves, and think about themselves.
Watch the video below to see her talk about how to keep your self-esteem up, take healthy risks, and appreciate diversity in the face of a doubtful and even hostile society.
I hope this piece has given you some valuable information and useful suggestions on how to improve your body image, but most of all I hope that this article has reminded you that you can love yourself exactly as you are. Whether you want to change your body or not, you can always start from a place of self-love and compassion.
In fact, you’ll likely find that you’re more successful if you embark on your journey towards a healthy and happy body with a healthy and happy body image already in place.
If you’re in the middle of a downward spiral of body negativity, please know that you’re not on your own, and your feelings are quite common! There are many people out there struggling with the same issues, and there are tons of places you can turn to for support and encouragement. I wish you all the best of luck in cultivating a positive body image—you can do it!
Do you have any tips or tricks for stopping negative self-talk in its tracks? What do you think of the body positive movement? Who do you turn to for support when you’re feeling down about yourself? Let us know in the comments!
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- Alleva, J. M., Martijn, C., Van Breukelen, G. J. P., Jansen, A., & Karos, K. (2015). Expand your horizon: A programme that improves body image and reduces self-objectification by training women to focus on body functionality. Body Image, 15 , 81-89.
- Brown, Z., & Tiggemann, M. (2016). Attractive celebrity and peer images on Instagram: Effect on women’s mood and body image. Body Image, 19 , 37-43.
- Cohen, R., Newton-John, T., & Slater, A. (2017). The relationship between Facebook and Instagram appearance-focused activities and body image concerns in young women. Body Image, 23 , 183-187.
- Engeln-Maddox, R. (2005). Cognitive responses to idealized media images of women: The relationship of social comparison and critical processing to body image disturbance in college women. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 24, 1114-1138.
- Fardouly, J., Diedrichs, P. C., Vartanian, L., & Halliwell, E. (2015). Social comparisons on social media: The impact of Facebook on young women’s body image concerns and mood. Body Image, 13 , 38-45.
- Grabe, S., Ward, L. M., & Hyde, J. S. (2008). The role of the media in body image concerns among women: A meta-analysis of experimental and correlational studies. Psychological Bulletin, 134, 460-476.
- Halsted, E. (2016). How to have a positive body image. Psychology Today. Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/contemporary-psychoanalysis-in-action/201602/how-have-positive-body-image
- Loth, K. A., Watts, A. W., van den Berg, P., & Neumark-Sztainer, D. (2015). Does body satisfaction help or harm overweight teens? A 10-year longitudinal study of the relationship between body satisfaction and body mass index. Journal of Adolescent Health, 57 , 559-561.
- National Eating Disorders Association. (n.d.). 10 steps to positive body image. NEDA: Feeding Hope. Retrieved from https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/learn/general-information/ten-steps
- National Eating Disorders Collaboration. (2017). What is body image? Australian Government Department of Health. Retrieved from http://www.nedc.com.au/body-image
- National Eating Disorder Collaboration. (n.d.). NEDC fact sheet – Body image. Australian Government Department of Health. Retrieved from http://www.nedc.com.au/files/Resources/Body%20Image%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf
- Tiggemann, M., & Slater, A. (2013). NetGirls: The internet, Facebook, and body image concern in adolescent girls. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 46 , 630-633.
- World Health Organization. (2018). Obesity and overweight. WHO Media Centre. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs311/en/
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While this article does have some good ideas for improving body image, the language used including “overweight” and “obesity” does not promote inclusivity of larger-bodied people, and the implied assumption that people in larger bodies are less healthy is evident and also detrimental to those reading who may experience weight-bias. Also, BMI is referenced- BMI and weight have been shown to be terrible indicators of health; the BMI scale does not account for genetic diversity. Perhaps more research on weight and health should’ve been done, or a consult with a HAES dietitian prior to writing this article.
The irony of the e-book is that there is zero representation of any diverse body types. Welp. It’s not exactly helpful when you preach about acceptance, where you clearly arent accepting other body types. The pregnant woman has no stretch Mark’s, the bottom is smooth an cellulite free. The women all have average sized waists. It just seems very counterintuitive. What a shame, I couldn’t take it seriously because all I could do was fixate on the flaws I have, because these images don’t reflect any of them. For someone with a legitimate body dysmorphia, this is honestly dangerous.
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Thank you for all the resources. Your work was helpful & uplifting.
Thank you sooo much for these materials! This website is a Godsend and I look forward to using in in my self-esteem group discussions. THANK YOU!
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