Do you keep jelly beans in your purse or cinnamon hearts in your desk? Is there a stash of candy in your kitchen? Sugar addiction is a real health concern. The fact that it is socially acceptable can make it even harder to kick than other addictions.
Here is an interesting health article about sugar addiction from the Huffington Post. The article includes a photo slide show that you can share with your students. Pre-teach some vocabulary include “craving”, “bingeing”, and “withdrawal” . You can also introduce the verb form of “curb”. If the article is too difficult for your learners, consider paraphrasing the main points, or simply ask if sugar is addictive. Here are some questions to get your students talking:
1. Can you be addicted to sugar?
2. Do you crave sugar? What kind of treats do you crave? Do your sugar cravings stem from stress?
3. What health risks are associated with high sugar intake?
4. Do most children consume too much sugar?
5. What are some ways to cut down on sugar intake?
While our Something to Talk About suggestions are useful for getting your students involved in a group or pair discussion, the topics, articles, and videos can also be used if you are looking for something for your students to blog/Skype/or write an opinion essay about. These can be useful for students who are looking for topics to practise writing or voicing opinions for standardized tests.