Food and Health for Teens (EXAMPLE PAGE)

This page will focus on the relationship between FOOD and HEALTH in regards to teenagers.

  1. WEIGHT

At www.kidshealth.org an article about the right weight for teens can be found: http://kidshealth.org/teen/food_fitness/dieting/weight_height.html

This article takes into consideration the fact that in the ages between 12 and 18, the human body undergoes many changes, so the table for calculating the body mass index (BMI) can not be applied on a teenager. The article gives teens a way of calculating their BMI based on the adult scale. The article also considers other factors as hormones and genes. For instance, it refers to the cultural differences in regards to genes: "Heredity plays a role in body shape and what a person weighs. People from different races, ethnic groups, and nationalities tend to have different body fat distribution (meaning they accumulate fat in different parts of their bodies) or body composition (amounts of bone and muscle versus fat)". However, it also mentions the fact that you can control your weight despite your genetic background.

ANALYSIS
The language of the article is quite straight forward and simple, making it easy for young teenagers to understand the information given. However, many terms are used, but at the same time explained in the article. This makes the article scientific though understandable. The article also seems very reliable as it includes many facts and information which can be corroborated. It is also reviewed by the doctor Mary L. Gavin, MD, Medical Editor, KidsHealth Nemours Center for Children's Health Media, Division of General Pediatrics, Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, DE.

  1. OBESITY and ANOREXIA

VIDEO 1
The following video is a dias show presenting factual information about obesity and anorexia. It is clear to see that the video is made to inform the public, teens as well as parents, about the different causes, symptoms and consequences of these two disorders. The pictures in the diasshow can be very disturbing, but were clearly chosen to make an impression on the viewer and place public focus on these issues.





VIDEO 2
In the following video from Johnson and Johnson Health we hear the personal story of two overweigh girls, their shock when realizing their problem, and some of the consequences of being overweight. The pharmaceutical company has dedicated itself to solving many medical problems for many years. Their studies are made public in order to inform the public about different illnesses and solutions present.



ANALYSIS
These two videoes show very different approaches to disorders such as obesity and anorexia. The first video is mostly factual, and presents the information in written form, avoiding the use of a personal story, a voice or a tone that might have an effect on the viewer. The first video clearly appeals to our logic. The second video includes personal testimonies, the viewer is presented to the vulnerable voice and tone of the two girls, and we are told how they feel about their situation. The second video makes a pathos appeal.
A remarkable difference between the videoes is the use of "sick" teenagers or teenagers suffering from a disorder as models in the first video. It might have an undesired effect to show that young girls suffering from anorexia can actually appear in advertisements. The second video shows clearly that the situation the young girls are in is not in any way positive.