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Obesity is a problem in the United States. Nearly 40% of Americans, or 93 million adults, are considered to be obese. Obesity is determined by a person’s body mass index or BMI. BMI is figured by taking the weight of a person divided by his/her height. A person becomes obese when they have a 30 BMI or higher. Obesity itself is divided into three categories, and if you have a BMI of 40 or higher you are considered severely obese.

This amount of weight can have a serious effect on the human body with obesity-related conditions including stroke, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and certain kinds of cancer. The estimated medical cost of obesity is $147 billion dollars.

In this case, students would be looking at a specific person whose story has been told on the TLC show, My 600 Pound Life. From this students will:

  • Develop a realistic plan for how the weight will be lost including exercise and nutrition and a timeline for what this should look like
  • Create a timeline over the course of a single year
  • Investigate the effects of gastric bypass surgery
Grade levels 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade
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