Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Liberal Studies


Human Development and Family Science

First Advisor

Rob Weisskirch


Many adolescents may have a hard time maintaining a positive body image during the transition of puberty and early adolescence. When adolescents do not have a healthy body image, they tend to compare unrealistic ideals such as a thin ideal or an athletic ideal to their own size, shape, or appearance. A poor body image may also lead to developing low self-esteem, eating disorders, and depression. When they develop a positive body image, adolescents are more accepting of their bodies and are able to practice healthier behaviors, experience body satisfaction, and are more likely to practice self-care. To address the need to promote a positive body image in youth, I created a three-day lesson for 6th graders at Fremont Elementary School in Salinas, California.