The Reading / Listening - Size Zero - Level 3

Many models have to get down to a very unhealthy weight to keep their modeling agency happy. A new study says agencies pressure models to be a size zero. If the model is not skinny enough, the agency will not give her jobs. The study is in the 'International Journal of Eating Disorders'. It is the largest ever report to look at eating disorders among professional models and why they have to lose so much weight to get work. Lead researcher Dr Rachel Roberts said it was the first study to investigate the link between unhealthy eating and pressure from modeling agencies. She said: "We now have…solid, scientific proof that eating disorders are a serious health problem in the modeling industry."



Researchers questioned 85 professional female models over the age of 18. They discovered that 81% of them were underweight. Many of the models led a very unhealthy lifestyle to stay underweight so they could get work from their agencies. They skipped meals, stopped eating for days, used diet pills and made themselves throw up. Over half the models said their agency told them they would not get jobs unless they lost more weight. It is not against the law for agencies to do this. Eating disorders can lead to serious health problems, such as infertility, heart damage, weak bones, organ failure and even death. In addition, teenagers want bodies like the size-zero models, which leads to public health issues.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Size Zero - Level 0 Size Zero - Level 1   or  Size Zero - Level 2

Sources
  • https://www.buzzfeed.com/carolinekee/new-study-finds-eating-disorders-are-serious-problem-among-m
  • http://www.vogue.com/article/model-alliance-eating-disorder-study
  • http://health.usnews.com/health-care/articles/2017-02-01/eating-disorders-rampant-on-the-runway
  • http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/eat.22682/full


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Warm-ups

1. SIZE ZERO FASHION: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about size zero fashion. Change partners often and share your findings.

2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?

       models / unhealthy / weight / skinny / professional / investigate / link / pressure /
       underweight / lifestyle / diet pills / agency / law / infertility / heart damage / issues

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. LAW: Students A strongly believe making models be too skinny should be against the law; Students B strongly believe not.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. MODEL: What is the life of a model like? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

What this is like

Good points

Bad points

Schedule

 

 

 

Food

 

 

 

Social life

 

 

 

Travel

 

 

 

Relaxation

 

 

 

Shopping

 

 

 

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5. ZERO: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "zero". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. MODEL PROBLEMS: Rank these with your partner. Put the biggest problems models have at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • too long hours
  • stress
  • lack of sleep
  • competition for work
  • sore feet
  • skin problems
  • not enough food
  • uncomfortable clothes

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. Modeling agencies pressure models to be size zero.     T / F
  2. If a model is not skinny enough, she might not get work.     T / F
  3. A new study is the largest to look at eating disorders among models.     T / F
  4. Researchers do not have scientific proof about models' eating disorders.  T / F
  5. Researchers interviewed 850 professional models.     T / F
  6. Researchers found 18% of the models to be underweight.     T / F
  7. It is illegal for agencies to make models lose weight.     T / F
  8. Teenagers copying models creates further health issues.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. study
  2. investigate
  3. link
  4. proof
  5. industry
  6. questioned
  7. discovered
  8. skipped
  9. In addition
  10. issues
  1. missed out
  2. trade
  3. asked
  4. Also
  5. report
  6. connection
  7. evidence
  8. problems
  9. found
  10. look into

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. Many models have to get down to a
  2. If the model is not skinny
  3. why they have to lose
  4. We now have solid, scientific
  5. a serious health problem in the
  6. models led a very unhealthy lifestyle
  7. diet
  8. It is not against
  9. organ
  10. public health
  1. proof
  2. the law
  3. failure
  4. modeling industry
  5. issues
  6. enough
  7. to stay underweight
  8. very unhealthy weight
  9. pills
  10. so much weight

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
largest
weight
industry
happy
among
proof
skinny
link

Many models have to get down to a very unhealthy weight to keep their modeling agency (1) ____________. A new study says agencies pressure models to be a size zero. If the model is not (2) ____________ enough, the agency will not give her jobs. The study is in the 'International Journal of Eating Disorders'. It is the (3) ____________ ever report to look at eating disorders (4) ____________ professional models and why they have to lose so much (5) ____________ to get work. Lead researcher Dr Rachel Roberts said it was the first study to investigate the (6) ____________ between unhealthy eating and pressure from modeling agencies. She said: "We now have…solid, scientific (7) ____________ that eating disorders are a serious health problem in the modeling (8) ____________."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
work
law
female
bodies
diet
failure
lifestyle
unless

Researchers questioned 85 professional (9) ____________ models over the age of 18. They discovered that 81% of them were underweight. Many of the models led a very unhealthy (10) ____________ to stay underweight so they could get (11) ____________ from their agencies. They skipped meals, stopped eating for days, used (12) ____________ pills and made themselves throw up. Over half the models said their agency told them they would not get jobs (13) ____________ they lost more weight. It is not against the (14) ____________ for agencies to do this. Eating disorders can lead to serious health problems, such as infertility, heart damage, weak bones, organ (15) ____________ and even death. In addition, teenagers want (16) ____________ like the size-zero models, which leads to public health issues.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  get down to a very unhealthy weight to keep their modeling ______
     a.  agents happy
     b.  agency happily
     c.  agency happy
     d.  agent see happy

2)  It is the largest ever report to look at eating disorders among ______
     a.  professionally models
     b.  professionalism models
     c.  professionals models
     d.  professional models

3)  Lead researcher Dr Rachel Roberts said it was the first study to investigate ______
     a.  the link
     b.  the rink
     c.  the kink
     d.  the pink

4)  She said: "We now have…solid, ______."
     a.  scientific prove
     b.  scientific roof
     c.  scientific proven
     d.  scientific proof

5)  eating disorders are a serious health problem in the ______
     a.  modeling industries
     b.  modeling industrial
     c.  modeling industry
     d.  modeling industrious

6)  Researchers questioned 85 professional female models over ______
     a.  the ages of 18
     b.  the aged of 18
     c.  the aging of 18
     d.  the age of 18

7)  Many of the models led a very unhealthy lifestyle to ______
     a.  stay under the weight
     b.  stay underweight
     c.  stay under wait
     d.  stay under the wait

8)  stopped eating for days, used diet pills and made themselves ______
     a.  thrown in
     b.  throw down
     c.  throw on
     d.  throw up

9)  health problems, such as infertility, heart damage, weak bones, organ failure ______
     a.  and even dead
     b.  and event death
     c.  and even dearth
     d.  and even death

10)  teenagers want bodies like the size-zero models, which leads to ______
     a.  publicly health issues
     b.  public healthy issues
     c.  public health issues
     d.  public health tissues

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Many models have (1) ___________________ a very unhealthy weight to keep their modeling agency happy. A new study says agencies (2) ___________________ be a size zero. If the model is not skinny enough, the agency will not give her jobs. (3) ___________________ the 'International Journal of Eating Disorders'. It is the largest ever report to look at eating disorders among professional models and why they have to (4) ___________________ weight to get work. Lead researcher Dr Rachel Roberts said it was the first study to investigate (5) ___________________ unhealthy eating and pressure from modeling agencies. She said: "We now have…solid, scientific (6) ___________________ eating disorders are a serious health problem in the modeling industry."

Researchers questioned 85 professional female models (7) ___________________ 18. They discovered that 81% of them were underweight. Many of the models (8) ___________________ unhealthy lifestyle to stay underweight so they could get work from their agencies. They skipped meals, stopped (9) ___________________, used diet pills and made themselves throw up. Over half the models said their agency told them they would not get jobs (10) ___________________ more weight. It is not (11) ___________________ for agencies to do this. Eating disorders can lead to serious health problems, such as infertility, heart damage, weak bones, organ failure and even death. In addition, teenagers want bodies like the size-zero models, which (12) ___________________ health issues.

Comprehension questions

  1. Who did the article say models must keep happy?
  2. What body size (not shape) must a model be to get jobs?
  3. What body shape (not size) must a model be to get jobs?
  4. What kind of models did the study look at?
  5. What kind of proof did the researcher say she had?
  6. How many models did the researcher question?
  7. What percentage of the models questioned were underweight?
  8. What did many models skip to lose weight?
  9. What kind of failure did the article say an eating disorder could lead to?
  10. Who did the article say might copy the models?




Multiple choice quiz

1) Who did the article say models must keep happy?
a) parents
b) fashion magazine editors
c) modelling agencies
d) photographers

2) What body size (not shape) must a model be to get jobs?
a) zero
b) medium
c) 26
d) small

3) What body shape (not size) must a model be to get jobs?
a) skinny
b) average
c) plump
d) rounded

4) What kind of models did the study look at?
a) dark-haired models
b) professional models
c) French models
d) teenage models

5) What kind of proof did the researcher say she had?
a) firm proof
b) lots of proof
c) concrete evidence
d) solid, scientific proof

6) How many models did the researcher question?
a) 58
b) 85
c) 81
d) 18

7) What percentage of the models questioned were underweight?
a) 81
b) 58
c) 18
d) 85

8) What did many models skip to lose weight?
a) training
b) parks
c) meals
d) rope

9) What kind of failure did the article say an eating disorder could lead to?
a) medical
b) exam failure
c) height
d) organ failure

10) Who did the article say might copy the models?
a) teenagers
b) other models
c) consumers
d) fashion students

Role play

Role A — Stress

You think stress is the biggest problem for models. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their problems aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least problematic of these (and why): sore feet, uncomfortable clothes or health problems.

Role B — Sore Feet

You think sore feet is the biggest problem for models. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their problems aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least problematic of these (and why): stress, uncomfortable clothes or health problems.

Role C — Uncomfortable Clothes

You think uncomfortable clothes is the biggest problem for models. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their problems aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least problematic of these (and why): sore feet, stress or health problems.

Role D — Health Problems

You think health problems is the biggest problem for models. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their problems aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least problematic of these (and why): sore feet, uncomfortable clothes or stress.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'size'

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  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'zero'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • 18
    • 81
    • days
    • half
    • heart
    • public
    • keep
    • enough
    • ever
    • lose
    • first
    • solid




    Student survey

    Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

    (Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

    Discussion - Size zero models have dangerous eating disorders

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'model'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. How much do you care about your weight?
    5. Why does the fashion world want models who are so skinny?
    6. What do you think of modeling agencies?
    7. What experience do you have with losing weight?
    8. Should modeling agencies stop pressuring models to lose weight?
    9. What can models do to protect themselves from agencies?
    10. What health advice do you have for models?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'skinny'?
    3. Do skinny models look good?
    4. Should models be all sizes?
    5. What laws would you make to protect models?
    6. Should models be able to sue agencies if they lose weight and get ill?
    7. Should asking models to lose weight be against the law?
    8. What harmful message does the fashion world send to teenagers?
    9. Do governments need to stop the size-zero fashion?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the boss of a modeling agency?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    Many models have to get (1) ____ to a very unhealthy weight to keep their modeling agency happy. A new study says agencies (2) ____ models to be a size zero. If the model is not (3) ____ enough, the agency will not give her jobs. The study is in the 'International Journal of Eating Disorders'. It is the largest ever report to look at eating disorders (4) ____ professional models and why they have to lose so much weight to get work. Lead researcher Dr Rachel Roberts said it was the first study to investigate the link (5) ____ unhealthy eating and pressure from modeling agencies. She said: "We now have…solid, scientific (6) ____ that eating disorders are a serious health problem in the modeling industry."

    Researchers questioned 85 professional female models over the (7) ____ of 18. They discovered that 81% of them were underweight. Many of the models led a very unhealthy lifestyle to (8) ____ underweight so they could get work from their agencies. They skipped meals, stopped eating for (9) ____, used diet pills and made themselves throw up. Over half the models said their agency told them they would not get jobs (10) ____ they lost more weight. It is not (11) ____ the law for agencies to do this. Eating disorders can lead to serious health problems, such as infertility, heart damage, weak bones, organ failure and even death. In (12) ____, teenagers want bodies like the size-zero models, which leads to public health issues.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     over     (b)     down     (c)     along     (d)     up    
    2. (a)     stress     (b)     pressure     (c)     weight     (d)     strain    
    3. (a)     skins     (b)     skinned     (c)     skin     (d)     skinny    
    4. (a)     all     (b)     among     (c)     through     (d)     between    
    5. (a)     centre     (b)     between     (c)     middle     (d)     connect    
    6. (a)     proves     (b)     proven     (c)     proof     (d)     prove    
    7. (a)     old     (b)     birthday     (c)     age     (d)     years    
    8. (a)     rest     (b)     wait     (c)     stay     (d)     delay    
    9. (a)     daily     (b)     daytime     (c)     day     (d)     days    
    10. (a)     unless     (b)     useless     (c)     undress     (d)     lessen    
    11. (a)     against     (b)     back     (c)     oppose     (d)     counter    
    12. (a)     additionally     (b)     added     (c)     addition     (d)     add

    Spelling

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    Put the words in the right order

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    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    many models have to get down to a very unhealthy weight to keep their modeling agency happy a new study says agencies pressure models to be a size zero if the model is not skinny enough the agency will not give her jobs the study is in the 'international journal of eating disorders' it is the largest ever report to look at eating disorders among professional models and why they have to lose so much weight to get work lead researcher dr rachel roberts said it was the first study to investigate the link between unhealthy eating and pressure from modeling agencies she said "we now have…solid scientific proof that eating disorders are a serious health problem in the modeling industry"

    researchers questioned 85 professional female models over the age of 18 they discovered that 81% of them were underweight many of the models led a very unhealthy lifestyle to stay underweight so they could get work from their agencies they skipped meals stopped eating for days used diet pills and made themselves throw up over half the models said their agency told them they would not get jobs unless they lost more weight it is not against the law for agencies to do this eating disorders can lead to serious health problems such as infertility heart damage weak bones organ failure and even death in addition teenagers want bodies like the size-zero models which leads to public health issues

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    p.Overhalfthemodelssaidtheiragencytoldthemtheywouldnotgetjobs
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    s.Eatingdisorderscanleadtoserioushealthproblems,suchasinfertility
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    enagerswantbodieslikethesize-zeromodels,whichleadstopublichea
    lthissues.

    Free writing

    Write about size zero for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    The fashion world should use models of all shapes, ages, sizes and colours. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. MODELING: Make a poster about modeling and health. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. SIZE ZERO: Write a magazine article about size zero and whether the fashion world really needs models to get down to this size. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against it.

    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).

    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on fashion models. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on how the fashion world should change so models have a healthier life. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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