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Dying to be Thin

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(Gr. 11-12)
Objective
To help students recognize their eating habits, change any habits that aren't healthy.

Materials

  • copies of the old USDA food pyramid (introduced in 1992)
  • copies of the the new Harvard Medical School Healthy Eating Pyramid (there is also a new USDA pyramid introduced in 2005 that you may use)

Procedure
Have students keep track of what they eat for a week. I have them keep track of calories and saturated fats. Have students use the Internet to calculate their Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) and food totals.

Assessment
Students write a two-page paper answering the following questions:

  1. Compare your diet to the pyramids.
  2. How is my diet healthy?
  3. How is it unhealthy?
  4. What things are you going to change in your diet and exercise lifestyle?

Classroom Tips
Many of my students find that they don't get enough calories and that the calories they do get are not good for them. I am sensitive to those with past or current eating disorders and tell them that if they are struggling with this to let me know. I know that it can be bad for some students to calculate calories. Many of my students decide to maintain a healthier lifestyle after doing this project.

Sent in by
Adam Ronscavage
Lakewood High School
Lakewood, CO


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