Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Winter 2001

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Luetta Monson

Second Committee Member

Kenneth A. Briggs

Third Committee Member

Andrea Bowman


The purpose of this project was to develop a handbook to assist secondary health teachers in providing a tool to develop healthy body image, through health promotion. Many health teachers are left with few resources to teach healthy body image. Through the review ofliterature, the writer presented the definition of healthy body image, the history behind eating disorders, the physiological/psychological effects of eating disorders, as well as the benefits of implementing a Healthy Body Image-Health Promotion handbook. This handbook should be a significant aid to secondary health teachers, and others who have an interest in helping adolescents understand eating disorders and health promotion issues. It provides definitions and research-based facts in regard to healthy body image development as well as living a healthy and active lifestyle. The handbook will serve as a significant learning tool for secondary health teachers and their students.