Friday, October 22, 2010

Fat World - A Video Game About Nutrition

Fat World is an educational video game funded in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The game isn't designed to tell students what they should or shouldn't eat rather it is designed to get students thinking about the results of food choices. In the game students explore the socioeconomic, geographic, and cultural factors that influence the nutrition choices people make. Students will also explore the roles of the government and interest groups in the marketing of foods.

Fat World is available as a free download for Windows and Mac users.

Applications for Education
I like games that require students to use some analytical thinking while they are playing and aren't just "drill and kill" activities. Fat World fits that criteria as it asks students to account for many variables as they move through the game. Fat World could obviously be used in a health class, but could also be used in a civics or economics class. 

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Food Play - Resources About Food and Diet
Sugar Stacks - How Much Sugar is in Your Snack?

Cool Food Kidz Teaches Kids About Diet & Fitness