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The Write Weight

Nutrition and Body Image



Author:

Kathryn M. Burleson
Department of Biology
Hamline University
kburleson01@hamline.edu

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.

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
Topical Area: N/A
Educational Level: Middle school
Formats: PDF
Type/Method: Directed
Language: English
Subject Headings: Biology (General)   Nutrition   Physiology   Public Health  
Date Posted: 6/21/2016
Date Modified:
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  BMI Animation hhmi/
This short animation shows a comparison of the change in Body Mass Index (BMI) for a given height and varying weights. It also shows why BMI is inaccurate for muscular people. Running time: 1:23 min. Produced by HHMI BioInteractive.




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