Academic Word List

  • consumption
  • contributor
  • dispose
  • economic
  • eliminating
  • incidents
  • individual
  • networks
  • role
  • statistics
  • task
  • transmitted

Other Vocabulary

  • abundance
  • adopted
  • affluence
  • appetite
  • correlation
  • devise
  • genetic
  • gland
  • hormones
  • nurture
  • prosperity
  • secreted
  • suppresses


Please click the Exercise link to continue and do exercises 1 and 2.


Use the questions to begin a discussion. Try to be sure everyone in your group gives their opinion and explains why they hold that opinion before moving on to the next question.

  1. What are the main reasons people become obese? Do they just eat too much or is it more complicated than that?
  2. If a country is wealthy, does it mean that they will be healthier? What issues, other than obesity, could cause them to be less healthy?


Please click the Exercise link to continue and do Exercise 3.



Listen to first paragraph of a larger Listening, which is only an Introduction to the topic. In your group, discuss how this relates to the Reading you've just done and predict what you believe the rest of the Listening will be about and some of the topics that might be discussed. Try to find the General Statement and Thesis Statement in the Introduction and write your summary of them in Exercise 4. Try to rephrase vocabulary as much as possible.

Now listen to the complete Listening passage and take notes on it. When it is finished, talk to your group about the main ideas that are discussed in the Listening. In the box below, re-write the Thesis Statement you made above by adding some more information from the Listening in Exercise 5.


Anand, S.S. (2006, October 24). Obesity: the emerging cost of economic prosperity. Canadian Medical Association, 175(9), pp.1081-1082 Retrieved from http://www.cmaj.ca/content/175/9/1081

Harvard Shcool of Public Health. (n.d.). Urbanization and Obesity. Retrieved fromhttp://www.hsph.harvard.edu/obesity-prevention-source/obesity-and-urbanization/

Lifshitz, F. (2008, December). Obesity in Children. Journal of Clinical Research in Pediatric Endocrinology (JCRPE), 1(2), pp.53–60. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3005642/

Magee, E. (n.d.). Your 'Hunger Hormones': How they affect your appetite and your weight. WebMD. Retrieved form http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/your-hunger-hormones

World Health Organization (WHO). (n.d.). Overweight and obesity. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/gho/ncd/risk_factors/overweight/en/



Please click the Exercise link to continue and do exercises 6, 7 and 8.

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