Discussing Food and Health Issues at A Level.

I am constantly advising my A level pupils to read about current food and health issues. I refer them to reliable websites, evidence based magazines and journals and books in the library. I’m not sure if they do this. So to ensure they are up to date with current issues, I find myself trawling through newspapers, websites, twitter feeds, food and nutrition magazines to pick out interesting points for discussion.

This means that I have to be well read on such topics so that I can engage with them in discussions and throw back facts or points of information that may be relevant to the discussion topic. Below is a list of topical questions or points of view that I am going to use in the upcoming weeks to encourage my pupils to reflect, engage in conversation, debate , reflect and question. Most sentences are taken from current news articles or research articles. I may use some as a starter activity, an extension activity or I may even set one as an exam style question for homework and assign a number of marks to be awarded; which means that I may even have to create my own mark scheme.

Why bother ? I am doing this in the hope that when it comes to answering discussion type questions in their exams that they may have a few interesting nuggets of information to add which may make them stand out from the crowd.

Feel free to join in.

Discussion points for debates  or extension activities:

  • The right to food is a fundamental right yet the gap between the food – secure and food -insecure grows.
  • A large number of the worlds population suffers from poor health brought on by hunger, malnutrition and unsafe food and water.
  • Nature must be valued in the production of food.
  • Human populations and their food supplies can both be affected by diseases.
  • Poverty remains the single most important cause of human misery in the world today.
  • Which is worse? Sugar or Fat?
  • Pupils Mental Health is more important than their grades.
  • Are you confused about what to eat?
  • How can consumers avoid being fooled and manipulated by food producers?
  • Schools play a significant role in shaping food behaviour.
  • Pupils in UK schools go hungry during school holidays.
  • Food Education should be a government priority.
  • How can children be encouraged to drink milk instead of fizzy drinks?
  • Restaurant portions are generally much larger than recommended portions for both adults and children.
  • Worms in the kitchen can help to reduce food waste. Discuss
  • In 2050 there will be 9 billion people on earth. How will we feed them?
  • Sugar is a toxic food and should be completely avoided.
  • Wonky vegetables are pathetic and should be thrown away.
  • Meat causes cancer and should be avoided.
  • Sugar is the new public health enemy.
  • Food products should show activity needed to burn off calories.
  • Do we need to eat meat?
  • Cheaper foods shouldn’t be less healthy!
  • Healthy food should be a right not a privilege.
  • All medical students should study food and nutrition throughout their training.

Feel free to comment or email me at foodandhealthteacher@hotmail.com if you would like to discuss this blog further.

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