This C/PBL resource looks at the metabolic causes and incidence of obesity in the cultural and social environment within which students, tutors, and institutions operate. Students are presented with a problem, the growing incidence of obesity, in a real life context in which the core subject, metabolic chemistry, plays a central role, and asked to consider how it happened and what to do about it.
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Students will form teams to construct an appraisal of the problem of obesity and public health with particular emphasis on the problems these issues pose for children and young adults. They will do this based on information obtained from public sources such as press coverage, government reports, websites and recommended texts. The knowledge from these sources will form the basis of a detailed letter to a local education authority with the aim of giving their presentations to senior pupils in local schools. The groups will then construct 20-minute presentations for delivery to schools. The students will also compose a two-page leaflet or flier to introduce the issues to a sixth-form group, and finally write a report containing policy recommendations to address the problem.
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