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Learning Objectives

Reflective writing

Essential reading

Poverty and diet Could you eat healthily on benefits? Think before you judge, or nudge: Food for thought from North-South Food divide.
The talk the food industry couldn't bear to hear: WEIGHTY MATTERS Fantastic short slide show tearing apart misleading food industry adverts

Further reading


Review of Session 7 Learning Logs

Eating pastries and home-baked bread.
Discussion: What does it mean, and what does it take to eat healthily?
What is the impact of poverty on nutrition?
In 2011-12 foodbanks fed 128,687 people nationwide, 100% more than the previous year. See report from the Trussell Trust
Make sure you have seen the video lecture
Stuffed and Starved by Raj Patel on Fora TV
It will really help to have seen the movie Fast-food Nation
What happened to Jamie Oliver's school dinners?
What factors influenced their success and failure?
Meeting a patient who has had gastric bypass surgery 35830


Nutrition and food policy
Group discussion Click to read this article: Reshaping the Food System for Ecological Public Health
Lunch and community review
Street survey.
Review the food available in Hoxton Street.
What influences what people around here eat? Consider:
Psychological, social, economic, cultural, educational and other factors.
To what degree are childhood habits changed by education?
Planning and discussion for Poster Presentation

Review of course so far

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Food Standards Agency recommendations. NB it doesn't cover portion size.

How much is a healthy portion?

Dieting and nutritionists

*The truth about nutritionists.
*An illustrated history of food gurus and what's wrong with Gillian McKeith.
*Read this critique of the Medicine and Society Course. Feel free to respond to the blog!
*And this background to CAM

Diets and dieting.

There are tens of thousands of diets and diet books. For this session you should research for yourselves some of the diets which are pedalled to patients and the claims they make. We will play a game of diet top-trumps. These are the criteria:

Bring along a diet you have found.
  1. Cost. £ per month
  2. Weight loss claimed. Kg per month
  3. Celebrity endorsement. Number and profile. (total score out of 5)
  4. Extreme dieting. Does it involve injections of amphetamines etc. (total score out of 5)
  5. Nutritionally deficient. How likely are you to develop deficiencies by following it?
There will be a prize for the winner!

The age of endarkenment

*Please listen to these 2 shows:
The Rise of the Lifestyle Nutritionists part 1 and part 2

Please read:
Jain A. Treating obesity in individuals and populations. BMJ 2005; 331:1387 – 1390. [[javascript:doWindowOpen('http://www.bmj.com/cgi/reprint/331/7529/1387','new_frame','width=600,height=420,menubar=1,toolbar=1,scrollbars=1,status=1,location=1,resizable=1',0)|http://www.bmj.com/cgi/reprint/331/7529/1387]]
NSF for Diabetes: Prevention of Type 2 diabetes - [[javascript:doWindowOpen('http://www.dh.gov.uk/assetRoot/04/05/89/38/04058938.pdf','new_frame','width=600,height=420,menubar=1,toolbar=1,scrollbars=1,status=1,location=1,resizable=1',0)|http://www.dh.gov.uk/assetRoot/04/05/89/38/04058938.pdf]] Pages 16 - 18
Identification of people with Type 2 diabetes - [[javascript:doWindowOpen('http://www.dh.gov.uk/assetRoot/04/05/89/38/04058938.pdf Pages 18 - 21','new_frame','width=600,height=420,menubar=1,toolbar=1,scrollbars=1,status=1,location=1,resizable=1',0)|http://www.dh.gov.uk/assetRoot/04/05/89/38/04058938.pdf Pages 18 - 21]]