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A Light Lunch?
A Case in Calorie Counting
Geraldine S. Vaz
This case study was developed to engage students by making connections between core concepts in chemistry and obesity related factors. The case is in the form of a story between two friends and their underestimation of the calories they consumed in a meal and their overestimation of the efforts needed to maintain a healthy body weight. Concepts taught by the case include use of conversion factors, calculation of percentages and body mass index, and calculations of caloric values of different foods. The case is suitable for use in courses in general, organic, and biological chemistry as well as in undergraduate nutrition courses.
|Keywords:||Calories; obesity; dieting; weight loss; body mass index; carbohydrate; protein; fat; trans fat; saturated fat; cholesterol|
|Educational Level:||Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division|
|Subject Headings:||Biochemistry Organic Chemistry Chemistry (General) Nutrition|
|Copyright:||Copyright held by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Please see our usage guidelines, which outline our policy concerning permissible reproduction of this work.|
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