Princeton USA: Can You Really Be a Burger Addict?

This Planet Science resource highlights the problems of fast foods and obesity to students. The stimulus is an American court case where a 56 year old man with diabetes and two heart attacks sued several fast food chains claiming they were responsible for his illnesses. Some scientists believe eating fast food can become an addiction. Students examine the issue by setting up a role play and debate based on the court case between fast food chains and a group of people with food addictions, followed by a newspaper article. Further activities involve designing a healthy eating poster, a practical to find out the energy content of different burgers and exploration of food habits in different cultures.

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