health fads



  Health Fads

What is a health fad?: A.:

A health fashion that is taken up with great enthusiasm for a brief period of time; a craze.


Health Fad


Dukan Health Fad

The dukan health fad is about how you can eat as much as you want and still lose weight.

The Master Cleanse   (Lemon Detox)

The Master Cleanse health fad is where you drink a mixture of lemon juice,maple syrup, water, and cayenne pepper- nothing else- for a minimum of 10 days and a maximum of 45 days.

Pritikin Diet

The Pritikin Diet has nothing extreme in it except for the fact that it is extremely healthy and consists mainly of Fruits, Vegetables, Starchy Vegetables, Fish, Whole Grains, Legumes, and lean sources of protein.

Raw Food Diet

The Raw Food diet includes foods such as fruit, vegies, nuts, seeds, seaweed, dried fruit, juices and mineral water.

Paleo Diet

The Paleo Diet is a diet that eliminates any type of grain out of your diet.

  • Critically analyse and assess health-related trends and fads including the use of planned diets and exercise regimes
  •  Recognise myths and fallacies related to product marketing claims

  • Complete a series of tasks in the format of a WebQuest to raise awareness of these findings with peers

Task A - Create the following section of your WebQuest and then finish the blank parts. You have to include modern and old health fads. Explain the details of the fads in your own words- do not copy and paste from the internet.

Task B- 1. How is each fad promoted/marketed: Answer(A.): on the TV,billboards, radio and in books 

2. Find an example advertisment for one fad and put it into this sheet.


3.Explain why you think the health fads would be successful/unsuccessful A.: They would be successful because people might be able to lose weight and other people might believe what they say e.g. 'Eat as much food as you want and lose weight!'. They would be unsuccessful because some people might think: ' Yeah right, 'lose weight and eat as much as you want', do they really think that we are going to believe this rubbish?!' and some people would say that it's to good to be true.Diets such as the raw food diet are more of a lifestyle choice not just a part time diet so they bring long term benifits not just short term benifits.The Pritikin diet- people reduce weight and then when they finish they go back to their original diets so that would be unsuccessful

4. Which two of these fads would be most/least successful and why?: A.: 

5. What are the bad sides of these diets?: A.: Sometimes they are not a balanced diet because they are too extreme, also the diets get you to lose a lot of weight and then when you are finished you just regain that weight, and some diets do not suit certain people and they do not reach their targets and they feel like a failure, and lastly, it knocks peoples self esteems around because they are still as fat as they were when they started and they feel bad about themselves.

Task C- Find examples of health fads that have caused bad things to happen: A.:   HCG diet- Women using the hcg diet have developed a side effect to the diet called OHSS (Ovarian Hyper-Stimulation Syndrome) While OHSS is rare, it can be a life threatening condition causing symptoms of pelvic pain, swelling of hands and legs, shortness of breath, weight gain...

Low Carb Diet- The low carb diet may be popular for weight loss, but they can be very dangerous because carbohydrates are the only energy sorce for many vital organs such as the brain, central nervous system and kidneys.




Task D- Find pictures of 3 famous people who have tried a health fad, create a diagram that links the people and the fads:


                                                                                                                        Megan Fox                                 Jennifer Aniston                                                       Pete Evans

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                                                                                                                         Paleo Diet                                                             Zone Diet                                                      Activated Charcoal

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