Increasingly, scientists believe we are consuming far too much sugar. Some even suggest that sugar is the greatest threat to human health, taking its toll on our bodies through obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
The Government reports that a third of children aged two to 15 are overweight or obese. This also threatens our economy as we spend more annually on treating obesity than we do on the police, fire service and judicial system combined.
Why teach this?
Will your students have a brownie at break or do you hand out sweets as incentives in lessons? Help students investigate their sugar habits and the health consequences of a diet high in the sweet stuff.
Key curriculum links
KS4 biology students should be able to evaluate risk factors for non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
They should also be able to discuss the human and financial cost of these diseases and explain the effect of lifestyle factors including diet on their incidence in the population.
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