Ban cola

Ban cola

Now that scientists have discovered that sugar is like an addictive drug, pressure is building for action to reduce the amount of sugar that children and young people consume in sugary drinks. In this activity, students consider the evidence for causal links between sugar consumption, obesity and disease. They then weigh up arguments for and against banning sugary drink sales to under-18s.


Learning objectives

  • Working Scientifically: Analysis and evaluation – interpret observations and data, including identifying patterns and using observations to draw conclusions.
  • Biology: Nutrition and Digestion - the consequences of imbalances in the diet, including obesity.

    Blueprint curriculum link

    • Unit: Tissues & organs
    • Concept: Digestion: Organs of the digestive system are adapted to break large food molecules into small nutrients which can travel in the blood. 
    • Skills: Conclusions: Judge how well the evidence fits your conclusion
    • Learning stage: Analyse

     Activity contents

    • Teachers guide
    • PowerPoint file

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    Action on sugar

    Comprehensive list of links to current news items about sugar consumption from this group of UK-based academics.

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