Health fads

Introduction

 Health fad is a health craze to try and be healthy.

  • 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

Task A is to make a table about current and old health fads.

Task B is to select three fads from task a and answer seven questions.

Task C is to make a table and research online.

Task D is to watch the show 'Dangerous Fads' and do a mini report about the show.

Task E is to find three pictures of famous people who have tried a health fad.

Process

Task A

Health Fad

Details

Lemon diet

7 days you just eat lemons.

Placenta pills

The pills give you all the good nutrients. The placenta gets dried for 16 hours in a machine. Then it gets put into capsules. Old and new.

Tapeworm

Eats all the bad food in your stomach.

Coconut water

Drink only coconut water for one week.

Banana diet

Eat bananas every morning for seven days.

 

Task B

The three health fads that I have chosen are the lemon diet, the banana diet and the coconut water diet.

1. The lemon diet,  the coconut diet and the banana diet are promoted on the internet.

2.     

3. The marketing of these health fads would be successful because celebrities do these health fads and it works for them.

4. The marketing of these health fads would be unsuccessful because you need other good food in your diet.

5. Out of the three health fads,  I would most like to try the banana diet because I like bananas and I would like to eat one banana every morning for seven days.

6. Out of three health fads that I would least like to try is the lemon diet because I don't like lemons.

7. The negative side effects for the coconut diet is gaining weight and high cholestrol, the lemon diet the side wffwct is fatigue and the banana diets side effect is nerve damage and headaches.

 Task C

Health Fad

 Tanning beds

Person (Name, Age, Gender, photo)

 Teenagers, young adults, boy and girls 

Duration of Health Fad

 One session is ten to 15 times higher then sitting in the midday sun

Reason for going on Health Fad

 To get a good tan

Symptoms

 Skin cancer

Melanoma cause death

Did the Health Fad achieve what it claimed in any way?

 Yes, it tanned the skin

Details of other similar cases

 More melanoma cases due to ultraviolet radiation.

Health Fad

 Cotton ball

Person (Name, Age, Gender, photo)

 Teenagers (girls)

Duration of Health Fad

 It did not say

Reason for going on Health Fad

 To lose weight

Symptoms

 Choking, fainting and can cause death

Did the Health Fad achieve what it claimed in any way?

 Yes because you do lose weight but no because you can choke and die

Details of other similar cases

 Eating objects that are not food.

Task D

The type of fads in the TV show that was talked about was tanning beds and slimming pills. The type of people who use the tanning beds are young females and the type of people who use the slimming pills are young females. The reason people use the tanning beds are to get a more colour on their skin and the reason people take the slimming pills is to lose weight. The negative effect for using the tanning beds are getting skin cancer and melanoma. The negative effect for taking slimming pills are losing weight to quickly and mood changes.

          

 

Task E

 

Michelle Pfeiffer tried the Breatharian diet. This health fad is you eating nothing but fresh air. The food is on a plate and you act like you are eating it by gulping air.

The negative sides for this health fad are dehydration, malnutrition and risk of death.

Gwyneth Paltrow tried the 10 day cleanser diet. This health fad you only drink cleanser juice for 10 days.

The negative side effects for this health fad are hallucinated and gain weight.

Beyonce Knowles tried the maple syrup diet. This health fad you only eat and drink maple syrup for two weeks

The negative side effects for this health fad are lack of energy and it leaves you hungry.

Conclusion

i have learned from completing the various tasks that health fads are dangerous and can cause serious health problems. Companies get people to try the various health fads by using advertisements. It would be better for them if they did regular exercise and had a balanced diet. This includes eating fruit and vegetables.