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Lesson Seven: Obesogens

Module One: The Obesity Epidemic


The following questions are meant to give you an idea of this module's central learning objectives.  If you feel comfortable answering the questions without reviewing your notes, then you are on your way to knowing the content of this module.

  • What are the clinical parameters that define obesity?
  • What evidence is there to support that there is a rise in obesity in the Western world, especially in the U.S.?
  • Review some of the causes and conditions that affect the health of obese people?
  • What factors help create obesity other than poor diet and lack of exercise?
  • Explain why it’s reasonable to examine the role of industrial chemicals as a factor in the rise of obesity.

Creative Thinking Challenges

  • If you live in the U.S., go to www.CDC.gov and click on your state and county.  What percent of the population is obese?  Based on what you learned in this module, what local factors might influence this number?
  • Based on what you learned in this module, where would you say you fit in? Are you overweight? If so, or if not, what might be some scientific factors that explain why?

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