Check out this video by the Tampa Bay Times about the chemicals in fast food wrappers. According to a new study, synthetic chemicals associated with high cholesterol, low birth weight, cancer and other health risks have been found in some fast food wrappers. When consumers make decisions to buy goods, they should gather information and consider various aspects of the product. For example, what are some of the risks of eating too much fast food? How does the information in the video about the chemicals in fast food wrappers affect your decision-making process? What are the health benefits or costs of your current food choices? What do you care more about in choosing what you eat - taste or your health? How does advertising influence what you decide to eat? Should you believe advertisements? Why would some sources be deliberately misleading?
SS.8.FL.2.1 Explain why when deciding what to buy, consumers may choose to gather information from a variety of sources. Describe how the quality and usefulness of information provided by sources can vary greatly from source to source. Explain that, while many sources provide valuable information, other sources provide information that is deliberately misleading.
SS.912.FL.2.3 Discuss that when buying a good, consumers may consider various aspects of the product including the product’s features. Explain why for goods that last for a longer period of time, the consumer should consider the product’s durability and maintenance costs.
Deborah Kozdras, Ph.D.