I almost don't know where to start. After a lot of sighing, I'll give it a shot.
On the facts:
- Obesity is not an eating disorder. (Weight status is not a mental illness.)
- Anorexia is an eating disorder but it is the least common and no more dangerous than the others, which are simply absent here.
- Neither obesity nor anorexia are caused by poor body image, whatever that means, or treated by better body image.
- Body dysmorphia, a psychiatric symptom, is not a failure to appreciate one's body
- "Obesity" is not a failure to see how large you are
- "Overcoming" an eating disorder, if present, is not achieved in this exercise. Actual treatment is something for families and professionals to address
- Oh, dear, there are so many errors here I could go on all day
- I shudder to consider what must be on the video
But let's get back to the tragic context here: TEACHERS giving inaccurate information to children. Adults leading children in exercises not only of inappropriate private issues but with grossly inaccurate information.
My heart weeps at the thought of children in a classroom looking at one another's bodies under the probing of a trusted teacher and inviting others to look at theirs, if they are "comfortable."
I am enraged at the idea of children "critiquing" each other's self-images.
And then GRADING them on the experience.
This isn't teaching. This isn't responsible. This isn't even in the range of appropriate discussion with students. Eating disorders are not a choice, or a matter of not liking themselves enough that you can "teach" them out of. There is abundant evidence that eating disorders should not even be discussed with students except by their families and physicians: unlike suicide and drug use, discussion of eating disorders can promote disordered eating and pressure to diet and hide symptoms.
I understand that Discovery has been contacted about this content. It is not just out of date it was NEVER correct. I have archived the content on that page in hopes that it will change (my suggestion would be to delete the topic entirely) and become an artifact of poor grasp of a really important issue. Let's watch.
And, if so moved, speak: @DiscoveryEd
UPDATE 1:10pm Feb 21:
Your voice matters, my friends. Please let me know if you see the content is down?
See comment below from Discovery. An enormous thanks to @DiscoverEd for the timely, thoughtful response.