Activity 4A: Overweight State: Obesity Statistics

The students will be creating an informational brochure in Microsoft Publisher® that informs the audience of trends in obesity in a given state. The students will create a percent model at 3 benchmark years (1985, 1995, and 2005), showing the increase in obesity. They will also calculate the number of people who are obese at 3 benchmark years given the state population and percent obese. Students will then create and include a line graph that shows the increase in obesity in their state over a 20 year period using 5 benchmark years (1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, and 2005). The brochure will also include causes and effects of obesity and their ideas on how to lower obesity percentages. The aim of this activity is for the students to become aware of the increase in obesity in the U.S. and the associated health risks.

  • Work cooperatively with a partner to complete a given task
  • Apply tables, graphs, calculating with percents, and creating models to problems involving obesity
  • Create a brochure displaying data that shows the trends of obesity
  • in a given state over a period of time
  • Develop an understanding of the trends in obesity and associated health risks



Obesity, statistic, ratio, proportion, scale, multiplication, addition, decimal, percent, graph, trend

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Unit Reference: 
Corpulosity: A Study of Obesity
Lesson Reference: 
Lesson 4: Fat: Who Else?