The students learn about the issue of obesity through the educational version of the documentary "Super Size Me" and/or print information. They will understand the importance of eating healthfully and the benefits to individuals as well as for the common good. Students will create a cookbook of healthy recipes to be donated to community organizations.
One 45 minute class period
The learner will:
service: to provide a community or organization with something that it needs
donate: to give or present something, especially to a charitable organization or other good cause
obese: so overweight as to be at risk from several serious illnesses, including diabetes and heart disease, if action is not taken to control the weight
calorie: a unit of energy-producing potential in food
The film "Super Size Me" is 100 minutes in length. There are two versions of the documentary available, the original which is rated PG13 and an educational version rated PG. Be sure to get the educational version and preview it before using in class.
If class time doesn't allow for students to view the entire documentary, selected parts may be shown (the first 10 minutes to set the background on obesity in the U.S. and the last 10-15 minutes that summarize the results of the experiment.
Ask the students to raise their hands if they or someone they know has been on a diet in the last year.
Ask the students to share the last time they ate at a fast food restaurant and which one they ate at. Summarize the class' experience (It sounds like most of you have eaten fast food in the last week, two weeks, month...)
Ask - What are the major health concerns that face our population today. List the concerns mentioned on a display area. If obesity is not suggested by the students add that to the list and give a rationale for why its an important concern, (In 2009, only Colorado and the District of Columbia had an obesity level of less than 20% of their population. In 33 states at least 25% of the population is obese and in 9 states (Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and West Virginia) more than 30% of the population is obese.
Tell the students that the theme of the day is Healthy Eating – this means that students will learn about healthy eating and create a cookbook of healthy recipes.
Teacher Note: If recipes are taken from published materials (a website or cookbook) be sure students have a good understanding of copyright laws and that they must reference the source, using your school's reference writing protocol.
School Media Associates - https://www4091.ssldomain.com/smavideo/Store/titledetail.cfm?MerchID=21957
Virgil Films - http://www.virgilfilmsent.com/store/product.php?pid=166
The educational version of Super Size Me is also widely available in most public libraries and video rental stores for free or for a nominal fee.
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