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Do Something about… Eating Healthy – Day 5: Super-size Me


P.E. & Health  


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Title – Do Something about… Eating Healthy
Day 5: Super-size Me
By – Do Something, Inc. 
Primary Subject – Health / Physical Education
Secondary Subjects – 
Grade Level – 9-12

Do Something about…
Eating Healthy
10-Day Unit

The following lesson is the fifth lesson of a 10-day
Eating Healthy Unit from Do Something, Inc.
Other lessons in this unit are as follows:

Day 1: Green Scene
Students learn the benefits of green vegetables and the number of recommended servings
Day 2: Vital Vitamins
Students learn about different types of vitamins and how they function in the body
Day 3: Nutritious Choices
Students examine their eating habits and learn about a balanced diet
Day 4: International Food Day
Students learn the differences in people’s diets from around the world
Day 5: Super-size Me (See the lesson below)
Students learn about America’s growing obesity and its relationship to portion size
Day 6: Got Greens?
Students learn ways foods are marketed towards youth in order to start their own green campaign
Day 7: Getting the Skinny on Obesity
Students learn about the New Food Pyramid and how to evaluate their Body Mass Index
Day 8: Action Plan
Students evaluate their own activity levels and plan ways to add more movement into their lives
Day 9: Fitting in Fitness
Students evaluate how they spend their time and how to include physical activity into their day
Day 10: Green Day
Students plant a garden and/or fix up a community space for physical activity


More student resources for this cause are at:


Day 5: Super-size Me


Students will learn about America’s growing obesity and how portion size can contribute to this problem.


  1. Warm-up: Give students a blank piece of paper and have them draw a typical restaurant meal to scale. If they choose steak, how big a piece would they get? How many French fries? How big is the bun for a hamburger?
  2. Explain to students that over 60% of Americans are overweight. Ask students why they think this might be the case.
  3. Read about portion size and childhood obesity
  4. Bring is some common food items (Pasta, cereal, tomato sauce) and have students determine how much they usually eat for a meal. Then look at the label for the amount of an individual serving. How does this compare? If students took more than what is considered one portion, have them calculate the calories of their serving size.
  5. Discuss with students how to relate portions to everyday items so they can estimate servings. For example:
    Woman’s fist or baseball –serving of vegetables or fruit is about the size of your fist,
    Rounded handful – about one half cup cooked or raw veggies or cut fruit, a piece of fruit, or ½ cup of cooked rice or pasta – this is a good measure for a snack serving, such as chips or pretzels,
    Deck of cards – a serving of meat, fish or poultry or the palm of your hand (don’t count your fingers!) – for example, one chicken breast, ¼ pound hamburger patty or a medium pork chop,
    Golf ball or large egg – one quarter cup of dried fruit or nuts,
    Tennis ball – about one half cup of ice cream,
    Computer mouse – about the size of a small baked potato,
    Compact disc – about the size of one serving of pancake or small waffle,
    Thumb tip – about one teaspoon of peanut butter,
    Six dice – a serving of cheese,
    Check book – a serving of fish (approximately 3 oz.)” ( from
  6. Reflect: Have students revise their original drawing, considering portion size.

Other Activities:

Learn about nutrition labeling at Have students choose their favorite packaged snack food and present the information graphically through a pie chart.

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