SugarByHalf - Too Much Sugar

SugarByHalf - Too Much Sugar

Lesson 2 of 4 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 7 - 8
  • Health and Physical Education
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Lesson summary

In this lesson students will learn and share information about the impact of sugar on our health.

They will establish their current knowledge of the topic in a stand-on-the-line barometer activity, then work in groups to investigate information and data on the impact of consuming too much added sugar on the human body. They will create an infographic poster to display the information, then participate in a gallery walk to read and provide feedback on each other’s infographics. The lesson will conclude with a Think-Feel-Do visible thinking routine, providing students with an opportunity to reflect on their new understanding of the impacts of added sugar on the body.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand the impact of consuming too much added sugar on the human body

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • create an infographic that details information about the health impacts of consuming too much added sugar

Lesson guides and printables

Lesson Plan
Student Worksheet
Teacher Content Info

Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

  • This lesson is part of the wider unit of work SugarByHalf – HPE – Years 7-8
  • Time required: 120 mins
  • Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion and student movement around the classroom

To view our Australian Curriculum alignment click here

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Resources required

  • Student Worksheets – one copy per student
  • Device capable of presenting a video to the class
  • Enough web-enabled devices for one per group of 4-5 students
  • Agree/Disagree signs
  • Gallery Walk Feedback sheets
  • Blu-Tack
  • Gallery walk feedback forms

Additional info

These lessons were developed in partnership with SugarByHalf. SugarByHalf promotes action to reduce sugar-related diseases so that we can live better, stronger and healthier lives.

Their message is simple: to reduce added sugar consumption by half. Eating too much added sugar is a key driver of serious health problems including obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, tooth decay, dementia and mental health conditions. A poor diet also puts children behind their peers, affecting brain development, sleep and ability to learn. Poor diet choices ultimately mean that this generation of children could be the first in modern history to live shorter lives than their parents.

Much of the added sugar in our diet comes from the processed foods and drinks we consume. On average, we consume 14-16 teaspoons of added sugar per day. Teenagers consume more than 20 teaspoons per day. The World Health Organisation says we should limit our daily added sugar intake to 6 teaspoons for good health. To put that in perspective, there are 4 grams of sugar in one teaspoon. If something has 20 grams of sugar, that's 5 teaspoons of sugar. 
This English lesson focuses on developing the skills and knowledge students need to critically consider messages about food and drink they are exposed to, thereby equipping them to be able to make healthy choices.

Talking about health

  • Be mindful of students who may experience weight stigma. Some students may be sensitive to conversations around weight, body size or shape. Terms including obesity, weight issues, weight-problem and fat can be stigmatising for some people because they assign blame. It is important to note individual preferences around language vary. Research has shown using the terms ‘weight’, ‘weight gain’, ‘healthy weight’, ‘unhealthy weight’, and ‘high BMI’ are preferred as better alternatives.
  • Be mindful about how you use the word ‘diet’. We recommend focussing students on the positive impacts of healthy nutrition and healthy lifestyles which help us to have stronger bodies and minds, feel good and sleep well.
  • Steer students away from any focus on appearances by communicating that appearance does not determine your worth. We recommend the fact sheets from the Butterfly Foundation on body image tips.
  • Avoid using labels such as obese or diabetic. Refer to people living with diabetes, people living with cancer, people with high BMI etc.
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