The Nutrition Transition
The following page uses a number of resources including worksheets adapted from Popkin's model to explore how the nutrition transition varies from region to region. It then begins to critique the model by introducing the double burden through a WHO infographic and a number of country profiles in both video and PDF. It concludes with a student investigation into the health profile of Mali.
What is the nutrition transition how is it experienced in different regions of the world?
Lesson Time: 1 Hour
To define and describe the nutrition transition
To explain how the nutrition transition is associated with different countries/regions at different stages of development
To explain how some countries/regions have a double burden in the nutrition transition
Starter Activity_Synthesis_Flash Photo Definition
You will be shown an image for 3 seconds. Based on the what you see briefly discuss with a partner your interpretation of the photo and write down a sentence to describe how you think it relates to our course.
Student Activity_Synthesis_The Nutrition Transition Model
Study the diagram of the nutrition transition and for each stage write down a description of the state of development at that stage
The Demographic Transition Model
Show the students the following model
Student Activity_Places and Synthesis_The Nutrition Transition and Regional Variation in Consumption
Complete the activity on the worksheet provided to identify country/regional differences associated with the nutrition transition
What do you think patterns 1 and 2 would look like in terms of types of food and nutrition within the model and which countries or regions would you associate with those patterns?
MCH - Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin
NR-NCD - Nutrition Related - Non Communicable Diseases
CHO - Carbonhydrates
Student Activity_Processes_The Double Burden Infographic
1. Describe what the double burden is
2. Describe it in data
3. Describe it in scale
Student Activity_Processes_The Double Burden of the Nutrition Transition
Watch the following video clips from the WHO-FAO and MD-FM on the double burden of malnutrition in developing countries.
Student Activity_Places and Processes_Mali Health Investigation
Using the WHO PDF on the health summary of Mali describe where Mali stands in terms of the Nutrition Transition. Use evidence from the summary to justify your choice.
This should be structured as a report
- The report should be no more than 1 page typed, including diagrams
- The report should begin by stating where Mali stands on the Nutrition Transition. Nutrition Transition should be clearly defined.
- The justifications should cover a broad range of evidence from the resource and be clearly linked to Nutrition Transition and Mali as well as the student assessment in the introduction
- Resource evidence must not be copy and pasted but rather paraphrased and then developed with the student's own knowledge making wider links.
- Diagrams and charts may be used but must be integrated into the argument.
Follow this up by showing the video clip on Mali