The obesity epidemic has raged since the 1970s as the American diet and lifestyle have changed. The health consequences of the epidemic are extremely serious, potentially reducing people’s lifespan. Many individuals and organizations are now engaged in trying to find the most effective ways to improve American eating habits. The first article in the module summarizes current thinking on the causes of the obesity epidemic along with possible food policy and school-based solutions. The second article advocates for improvements in the school lunch program while the third argues for a tax on junk food, using the funds generated to subsidize healthy foods. The three articles offer examples of how to construct a proposal. Students are then asked to do independent research using Web sites suggested by the teacher and to construct a survey to administer to students at their school. The module concludes with students writing their own proposals for how to improve the eating habits of their fellow students, incorporating evidence from their readings and survey and revising and editing it for the specific audience they have selected.
Final Writing Assignment
Desperate times call for desperate measures, but what measures are realistic and will really work to solve the problem of the obesity epidemic? You have learned about and discussed different causes of the obesity epidemic, including the unhealthy food available to students in schools and young peoples’ unhealthy eating habits.
Topic choice 1:
Now, find a way way to compare and contrast the different ways to counteract the obesity epidemic among youth. While there may be no right answer, see if you can navigate the different options that have been offered. You should consider not just the food that youth have access to depending on their income level, but also their eating habits to begin with.
Topic choice 2:
Propose a course of action for fighting obesity and outline the potential effects it will have on youth health if properly executed.
Topic choice 3:
The School district is proposing that students be banned from going off campus for lunch. It is citing the unhealthiness of fast food, which most students buy off campus. Based on what you have learned in your readings, studies and observations, Write a letter to the school board arguing for or against this new rule proposal.
Your letter should be thoughtful, supporting your opinions with factual evidence and be written free of mistakes.