Dead End Diets: Why Fad Diets Don't Work
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There are dozens of quick-fix diets from eating only grapefruit, to detox cleanses, to chili pepper concoctions, to eating the way some celebrity recommends for instant weight loss. These fad diets do not work and may be harmful to a teenager’s health. This program looks at the science of weight loss and dieting and contrasts it with the billions of dollars spent by the fad diet industry to hook you on one scheme or another. Katrina Schroeder, a nutritionist for adolescents, explains how teens get fooled into thinking a fad diet is good, only to find out that it has bad health consequences. She warns teens, “don’t get trapped by all the hype!” and gives tips for healthy food prep and healthy eating habits.
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video, plus teacher’s resource book, student handouts and pre/post tests in digital format
DVD contains Spanish subtitles.
According to this program, more than 20 percent of young Americans between the ages of 12 and 19 are obese, so the attraction of fad diets that promise fast results is compelling. In this video, nine teens, young men and women, discuss their experience with fad diets. The teens' negative involvement with them is backed up by expert testimony from registered dietitian Katrina Schroeder. She explains that regimens that are restrictive or advocate one type of food, such as cabbage soup or grapefruit, are considered such diets. She describes red flags as well as activities for teens wanting to improve their body image and develop a healthy relationship with food. The DVD features a 37-page teacher's resource book in PDF format with learning objectives, a program summary, and National Health Education Standards. Student activities include a health habits quiz, class debate questions, food and exercise diaries, fact sheets, and more. VERDICT This low-key presentation of an important topic is enhanced by the sincere discussion from relatable young people.
—Ann Weber, Bellarmine College Preparatory, San Jose, CA
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