Teachers heading new classes in relationships and sex education have been warned that using the show Love Island for examples may trigger body image anxiety in young boys.
The caution was sent by the Personal Social Health and Economic association (PSHE) which guides teachers on classes involving social issues.
The association has found that around 200,000 UK children were unhappy with their body in some way last year.
The show has regularly come under fire for the unrealistic body images it provides for both genders
The show, which is hugely popular among teenage viewers has often faced heavy criticism for featuring contestants with ‘ripped’ or ‘perfect’ bodies.
The report quoted one teenage boy, who said: ‘You look at yourself and you’re like, I look like a stick.’
The association said: ‘Showing clips in class could inadvertently reinforce unhelpful messages and norms, so its use should only ever be within the context of carefully planned lessons with clear learning outcomes.’
An entertainment show first: Boss of the show Richard Cowles has said that while trying to be as representative as possible, the shows need to attract an audience
Despite the criticism the show’s boss Richard Cowles told the Sun: ‘We try and be as representative and diverse as possible but first and foremost it’s an entertainment show.’
‘It’s about people wanting to watch and them reacting and falling in love with another. Yes, we want to be as representative as possible but we also want them to be attracted to one another.’
More than 1,200 schools are due to start RSE lessons this term before they become compulsory in England in 2020