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Student Viewing Guide #1: True and False

Note to Students: Answer the following questions as true or false prior to viewing the documentary. You are not expected to know all of the answers. However, you may know much more about health issues than you realize! Make corrections as you view the documentary.

1. December is the most common time for people to go on diets. ____________

2. One way to determine if people are overweight is to measure their Body Mass Index (BMI). ____________

3. Blood glucose checks are made to determine if people are overweight. ____________

4. Approximately one-third of Americans are overweight. ____________

5. Animal fats are considered to be very healthy. ____________

6. The Atkins diet encourages people to eat fat. ____________

7. The USDA food pyramid encourages people to eat pasta, bread and potatoes. ____________

8. Most popular diets today are very similar to one another. ____________

9. Low-fat foods are not fattening. ____________

10. You gain more weight eating 3,000 calories in fat than eating 3,000 calories in carbohydrates. ____________

11. A baked potato increases blood sugar levels more quickly than an equal amount of pure table sugar. ____________

12. Some people believe that the Atkins diet contributed to Dr. Atkins' death. ____________

13. Some fats are good for your health. ____________

14. Generally only about 30 to 50 percent of the people who have lost weight regain it. ____________

15. People consume food when it is not mealtime. ____________

16. People in England are starting to develop weight problems. ____________

17. Children born in the year 2000 have a 50 percent chance of developing diabetes over the course of their lifetime. ____________

18. Many school menus are filled with artery-clogging fats. ____________

19. Children today are more physically active than children in the past. ____________

20. Walking does not provide sufficient exercise to lose weight. ____________

21. McDonald's has a new healthy Happy Meal. ____________

22. Obesity will soon surpass smoking as the leading cause of death. ____________

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