P900: Teaching metabolic pathways within the real world context of dieting and the obesity epidemic
From the battle between low fat and low carb diets to the discovery of “good carbs” and “bad carbs,” the general public is interested in the real world of dieting and obesity. In this senior level Metabolism course, metabolic pathways and their regulation are taught within the real world context of dieting and the prevention of obesity. Students are able to connect what they think they know about diets and the obesity epidemic from the popular press and the internet with what they are learning in the class. Students are required to design a diet of their own that either treats or minimizes the clinical problems associated with certain metabolic disorders including metabolic syndrome. Student reactions to the educational experience in this course will be shared and ways to adapt this approach in liberal arts chemistry courses will also be discussed.