What is the brains role in overeating?

M3.4 Evaluate is due at the end of Module 3 by Sunday at 11:59 PM EST.

Introduction to the Activity

This Evaluate writing assignment addresses Course Outcome 2. You have read and viewed the assigned materials discussing how foods high in fat and sugar affect the brain. You have learned how advertisements are designed to cause us to desire fat and sugar, which can lead to overconsumption. In this writing assignment, you will further analyze the brain’s role in overeating and why some of us are more likely to give into these cravings than others. Finally, you will describe how the food industry uses advertisements that cause our brains to crave unhealthy foods. Be sure to support your work with the learning materials provided and any additional references that you would like to include.

Please see the Readings and Materials page for review.

Instructions to Learners

In your essay, please address the following questions:

  • What is the brains role in overeating?
  • Using at least two of the listed readings in the module from this week, describe what happens in our brains to cause us to overeat, especially food high in fat and sugar.
  • Why are some of us more likely to overeat than others?
  • How do food advertisers capitalize on our brains’ responses to food?

Your essay will be evaluated in terms of how thoroughly you: answer the questions above; use resources to document your main points, and properly cite referenced work.  Your essay should address all of the questions above and should consist of approximately 500 words of text (approximately 2 pages of double-spaced and 12 point font of text). Be sure to include specific examples and references from this week’s readings and any additional references you would like to include. Use in-text citations and a reference list that will make up an additional page.

To successfully complete M3.4 Evaluate, you will need to organize your responses to the questions and then craft a formatted essay that includes each of the following:

  • A title page.
  • A well-developed introductory paragraph explaining the purpose of the essay and briefly referencing some of the main points/contentions offered in the essay.
  • The body of the essay should consist of your effort to best answer the primary questions from the assignment prompt and should consist of approximately 500 words of text (approximately 2 pages of double-spaced and 12 point font of text).  Though the method by which this is done is largely up to you, it is essential that the responses to the questions in the prompt be based upon scholarly readings and should remain at all times defensible (in an academic sense).  You have a great deal of information to draw from in creating your essay, including the assigned readings and hyperlinked sources in the Module Notes.  As is the case with every assignment in SOC221, presenting any unsubstantiated, illogical, or indefensible position will have an adverse effect on the final grade.  Please direct any questions regarding these expectations to the instructor.
  • A concise concluding paragraph that briefly restates both the purpose of the essay as well as some of the primary arguments offered by you, the essay’s author.  Be sure the concluding paragraph does not introduce new information.
  • A list of all sources consulted the preparation of the essay.  The essay should be formatted according to APA-style documentation.  (Links to an external site.) This includes the format of the list of references.

M3.4 Evaluate is due at the end of Module 3 by Sunday at 11:59 PM EST.

This course fully integrates Turnitin. Be sure to view the Turnitin instructions before submitting.

Submission

Compose your work using a word processor (or other software as appropriate) and save it frequently to your computer. Be sure to check your work and correct any spelling or grammatical errors before you upload it. When you are ready to submit your work, click “Browse My Computer” and find your file. Once you have located your file, click “Open” and, if successful, the file name will appear under the Attached files heading. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Submit.”

Evaluation

M3.4 Evaluate is worth 12% of your overall course grade and will be assessed by the SLA Writing RubricPreview the document. Review this rubric carefully so that you understand how you will be graded.

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