There are two (2) parts to this assessment task.
To complete this assessment task, you will be required to:
Write a 1500 word essay; and
Develop a print-based presentation
Task overview and aims: Overweight and obesity now affects more than two-thirds of Australian adults and one-quarter of Australian children. A myriad of modifiable and non-modifiable factors contribute to the development of overweight/obesity. There is much recognition for a socio-ecological approach to addressing this significant health (and economic) issue. This approach includes consideration for the range of factors which influence individual behaviours (nutrition and physical activity) within our communities and environments (homes, schools, workplaces etc) and extending across societies to policy and support at organisational and government levels. As practitioners in health (for example: educators, psychologists, nutritionists, physiologists) it is important for us to appreciate the 'realities' of nutritional intakes in our communities and provide individuals or groups with evidence-based information which can support effective changes.
Through research and reflection, this assessment task will provide you with opportunity to develop your: (i) Understanding of the complexity of overweight/obesity and its impact on our health; & (ii) skills in communicating health information to community members.
Part 1: Essay (20%): You are required to choose one (1) of the following topics and develop a written essay (1500 words ± 10%) which methodically analyses and evaluates your chosen topic. Topics from which to choose:
Changes in prevalence rates of obesity in Australia;
The role of media/television/computers in the development of obesity;
The role of carbohydrates in the development of obesity;
The role of dietary fat in the development of obesity;
The role of genetics in the development of obesity;
Energy balance and the development of obesity;
The role of media in the development of obesity;
The role of ‘settings’ in the development of obesity;
The role of obesity in the development of other nutrition-related diseases.
You should watch the following video entitled Why We Overeat – The Toxic Food Environment and Obesity (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health) (http://theforum.sph.harvard.edu/events/why-we-overeat/) (Playing time approximately 1 hour). This video provides a very good overview of the many factors contributing to the obesity epidemic and should help you in choosing a topic and stimulating your thoughts and research.
Part 2: Presentation (10%): Following on from your essay, you are required to develop a print-based presentation (single page poster, brochure or pamphlet) which could be provided to lay-persons within your community to improve their understanding of the obesity-related issue which you discussed in your essay. Your presentation could include specific ‘how to’ instructions or more general information about your topic (and is relevant to lay-persons). You will need to ensure you do not use academic ‘speak’ or jargon or technical terminology (without definition)).
You should aim to make your presentation visually appealing but keep in mind the relevance and need for pictures and formatting (including too much of one or the other can be distracting and may reduce the impact of the message(s) you are aiming to communicate – getting some feedback from others before submission is valuable and important).
There is no word limit for this print-based presentation but it is limited to a single page pamphlet, brochure or poster.
NOTE: both parts of this assessment task must be completed and a pass mark achieved for both parts in order to achieve a pass mark for the task.