004 - Malnutrition

Factual Question

What is malnutrition?

Debatable Question

Agriculture has been called 'the worst mistake in the history of the human race' (Diamond, 1987)

Key Terminology

  • Malnutrition
  • Calorie Intake
  • Indicator

Activity One - Draw and discuss

  1. On A4 paper or a small white board draw a picture of someone who is malnourished.
  2. When complete show the boards/paper to your neighbours and discuss the similarities and differences between them. Write the similarities and differences down in your book.

Activity Two - Interpretation

  1. Describe the average food intake for a family in a MEDC, NIC and LEDC over a month using the images below. All images were taken from http://www.zo.utexas.edu/ and for more click on the link - Images
  2. Explain why the differences may have occurred in the images you have chosen to describe.
  3. Is malnutrition or undernourishment a ´poor´ issue? Use the graph below as a prompt.

Germany: The Melander family of Bargteheide.

Food expenditure for one week: 375.39 Euros or $500.07

United States: The Revis family of North Carolina.

Food expenditure for one week: $341.98

Mexico: The Casales family of Cuernavaca.

Food expenditure for one week: 1, 862.78 Mexican Pesos or $189.09

Egypt: The Ahmed family of Cairo.

Food expenditure for one week: 387.85 Egyptian Pounds or $68.53

Bhutan: The Namgay family of Shingkhey Village.

Food expenditure for one week: 224.93 ngultrum or $5.03

Chad: The Aboubakar family of Breidjing Camp.

Food expenditure for one week: 685 CFA Francs or $1.23

Activity Three - Skill

    1. Describe the map below.
    2. Can calorie intake be an indicator of wealth? Why?
Restless Beings - Child Malnutrition

Activity Four - Watch

  • How can lifestyle choices impact the food you eat? Watch the YouTube clip below before you make any decisions.

Activity Five - Comprehension and Design

  1. Read the article by the WHO and discuss the problems that can be caused by malnutrition? The focus is on society and not just health.
  2. Design a poster to raise the awareness of malnourishment within one country.

Requirements for the poster

      • Keep it simple
      • Use specific facts to illustrate your points
      • A4 in size

How will my work be assessed?

How will my work be assessed?

Criterion C: Communicating