Friday, May 29, 2009

Obesity Quiz

Directions: This quiz is based on a New York Times Article on Obesity. This article can be found at It will take the students between 15-20 minutes to read the article and up to 15 minutes to take the quiz. The students should have time to read this article the night before and then take the quiz the following day.

1. What fraction of Americans are overweight or obese?
A. 1/3
B. 2/3
C. 3/4
D. 7/8

2. What percent of women are obese?
A. 33%
B. 44%
C. 55%
D. 66%

3. What does New York City require restaurants to disclose?
A. Percentage of fat
B. Nutritional labels
C. Vitamin data
D. Calorie information

4. What can the body do when it wants to maintain its composition?
A. Fast for extended periods of time
B. Skip a meal
C. Burn 100 calories
D. Eat a few less bites of food

5. How precise is the body’s innate calorie counter?
A. 93.4%
B. 92.1%
C. 99.6%
D. 98.7%

6. How many calories are in a pound?
A. 3,500
B. 4,000
C. 2,500
D. 4,500

7. What is the first environment that most strongly influences body composition?
A. First few weeks of meals after being born
B. At the age of 10
C. School meals
D. In the womb

8. Explain one reason to why obesity has become an epidemic listed in the reading.

9. The reading explained why calorie counting is an imprecise act. Write the reasons given for this.

10. Why does this article say we have never eaten well in the United States?

The quiz is a 10-point quiz, with each question worth one point. All of the answers can be found directly in the reading, but some answers are tricky because they use percentages seen throughout the reading. The teacher will learn if the students have read or not based on how well the students perform on the quiz. The teacher will also learn what the knowledge base on nutrition and obesity is. From this article and quiz, the teacher can continue a unit on nutrition that places a focus on implementing exercise into a diet.

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