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6.2: Using Food for Life – Student Edition (Human Biology)

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Begin this section by assigning and then discussing Mini Activity: Food Choice and the Journal Writing that deals with eating as a sensory experience.

Discuss the factors affecting what people eat, such as culture and family, availability of foods, and cost.

Assign the Journal Writing dealing with malnutrition and discuss.

Assign the Journal Writing on promoting healthy eating and display student work.

Discuss anorexia nervosa and bulimia as an introduction to Activity 5-1: Can You Become Obsessed with Food?

Draw students' attention to the key ideas using means such as posters and overhead transparencies.

Select appropriate Projects and Interdisciplinary Connections to complete if time permits.

Use the Apply Your Knowledge and Review Questions in reviewing the section.

What Do You Think?

Why did our ancestors begin cooking foods?

Food Choice Students make a list of the foods they have eaten in the last 24 hours and note why they have selected those foods. They can share this information with the class.

A suggested response will be provided upon request. Please send an email to teachers-requests@ck12.org.

Many things can affect your appetite. How many can you think of? What situations make you hungry? What situations make you lose your appetite? Which of these things do you have control over?

The next time you are waiting for and then eating a meal, think about the role your five senses play in the experience. Write a poem, song, or story about eating as a sensory experience. Can you make someone salivate just listening to your poem, song, or story?

What Do You Think?

Do you enjoy going to a friend's house for dinner? Why or why not? What are some of the factors that make it both enjoyable and sometimes a little stressful?

What Do You Think?

Explain why some people have temporary digestive upsets when they move from one region of the United States to another or from one country to another.

If there is so much food in the world, why are some people malnourished? You have been appointed by the president to a commission on hunger. The commission's task is to come up with solutions to this country's hunger problems. After reading hundreds of reports and studies, your commission has gleaned the following facts.

  • Millions of people in the United States are malnourished.
  • The United States is one of the wealthiest countries in the world.
  • Farmers are paid by the government to NOT produce some foods because we have so much in storage (for example, wheat).
  • The people most affected by malnutrition are pregnant women and children.
  • The problem doesn't seem to be food availability. The real problem seems to be cost, distribution, and education.

Write your four best suggestions for feeding people in this country who are malnourished. Make sure you explain how your solutions address the facts about the causes of malnutrition, cost and distribution of food, and education for healthy diets. Discuss your suggestions in class. Are there some ideas that have occurred to many students? Which ones would be easiest to implement?

Design an advertising campaign promoting healthy eating. Your campaign might include songs, posters, flyers, newsletters, commercials during lunch breaks, and more. Be creative!

A suggested response will be provided upon request. Please send an email to teachers-requests@ck12.org.

What are some things that happen to your body if you don't eat for several days? For several weeks?

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