In this activity, students use the Futures thinking tool to investigate obesity and the impact it has on the health system.
By the end of this activity, students should be able to:
- define the term ‘obesity’
- explain how body mass index (BMI) can be used to evaluate a person’s body weight and associated risk of disease
- describe some of the medical conditions that are more prevalent in people who are obese
- discuss possible future measures to control obesity in the population having used the Futures thinking tool.
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- introduction/background notes
- what you need
- what to do
- student worksheets.
This article looks at is Obesity: genetic or environmental?
Read this article to find out more about how scientists identify particular gene variations that might increase a person’s susceptibility to a particular disease.
Discover a new approach to obesity treatment – designing foods that influence the body’s control mechanisms on appetite and energy intake.
In Obesity risk factors students participate in a simulation that demonstrates that both genetic make-up and environmental factors influence an individual’s likelihood of becoming obese.