Slimming soft drinks Focus Questions



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Slimming soft drinks
Focus Questions

  1. Discuss the Slimming soft drinks story with another student.

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    Episode 18

    26th june 2012



    Learning Area

    Health and Physical Education



    Key learning

    Students will create a public education campaign to raise awareness of the sugar content in some drinks.


    hy is the mayor of New York City concerned about obesity?

  3. In your own words, describe what he plans to do.

  4. What has happened to the size of soft drinks over the years?

  5. The super-size ban would also affect diet soft drinks. True or false?

  6. Apart from soft drinks, what other drinks would be affected?

  7. Why are some people opposed to the ban?

  8. Some drinks that can contain large amounts of sugar are not included in the plan. What are they?
  9. Do you think super size soft drinks should be banned? Explain your answer.


  10. What else could be done to address the obesity problem?

Slimming soft drinks

Ask students to brainstorm a list of food and drinks they consume that contain sugar. Which is the most common food and drink on the list?

Discuss with students what the nutritional value of soft drinks is. What is meant by the term `empty calories’? How does it relate to soft drinks?


Students will be analysing a selection of drinks and calculating how many teaspoons of sugar are in each drink. They will then use the information to create a public education campaign to make people more aware about the sugar content in some drinks.
Sometimes sugar is called something else on the nutrition information on food and drink packaging. Students research what some other words for sugar are.

(Fructose, dextrose, sucrose, maltose, corn syrup, honey, glucose, molasses)


Use the nutritional information on drink labels to convert sugar content from grams to teaspoons; 1 teaspoon = 4 grams.
Choose four types of drinks

  • Soft drink

  • Juice

  • Flavoured milk

  • Other (iced tea, energy drink etc)

Record the:

Serving size

Sugar (grams)

Energy (kilojoules)
What did they find surprising about the results? Students can share their findings in the form of a public education campaign.

Discuss with students different approaches that could be taken about the issue. Here are some examples:



  • Create a cartoon/animation, using celebrities or humour to get the message across or shock tactics.
  • Include a logo, jingle or gimmick to help get the message across.


Students share their public education campaigns with other students in the school.

8 Related Research Links



ABC Lateline – NYC closer to banning supersize soft drinks
http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2012/s3524654.htm
Better Health Channel – Sugar
http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Sugar

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