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The Write Weight

Nutrition and Body Image


 

Abstract

Kasey is a busy undergraduate student who is struggling with her body image and wants to lose weight. To aid in this process, Kasey keeps a food and activity journal. Students review Kasey's food and exercise choices, calculate Kasey's daily caloric intake and output to determine if she will lose or gain weight, and give advice to Kasey about her diet, energy levels, caffeine consumption, and body image. This case study was developed for a non-majors, general education course called "Biology of Women" to get students to consider nutrition and activity choices in relationship to body image. The case can be used in any human biology or nutrition class.

   

Date Posted

6/21/2016

Overview

Objectives

  • Calculate BMI and determine what range an individual falls within (underweight, normal, overweight, obese).
  • Calculate energy intake and output of an individual, given the necessary data.
  • Identify problematic behaviors and suggest modifications to one's diet and lifestyle to maintain a healthy weight and adequate energy levels.
  • Address the struggles of body image and propose solutions to make positive change.

Keywords

Body image; BMI; energy; nutrition; weight; journal; exercise; calorie; eating disorder; beauty

  

Subject Headings

Biology (General)
Nutrition
Physiology
Public Health

EDUCATIONAL LEVEL

High school, Undergraduate lower division

  

FORMAT

PDF

   

TOPICAL AREAS

N/A

   

LANGUAGE

English

   

TYPE/METHODS

Directed

 

 

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