(My dad is a retired teacher.)
So, today, I had a speaking engagement at a local high school. However, it was more like "teaching" because I did the same presentation in all five of the Health teacher's classes.
My presentation was called Obesity: Culture or Disease? We started out the class by calculating BMI. I taught them how to do the calculations and then I gave them some sample problems. The last one was my own BMI from when I weighed 343 pounds. It goes like this...
BMI = (Weight x 703) / (Height in Inches Squared)
Therefore, my BMI at 5 ft 1 and 343 pounds would equate to:
(343 x 703) / (61 x 61) = 64.8
Then, I had the kids find that number on the BMI chart, except the chart doesn't go up that high. I was literally "off the charts." Of course, then the kids all went, WOW!! OMG!!!
And, I then opened up my powerpoint with this picture
And, I said, this is that woman. This is me 5 years ago. Needless to say, they were floored, and they started to really pay attention. :)
We talked about gastric bypass and how it's only for the most dire of situations. We discussed the complications that can happen, and the difficulties. Then, we discussed "Fatness" as a culture.
I think they enjoyed it alot. I hope so, because I really did.
Anyway, it was a super fun/exhausting day, and I really hope to get to do it at other area schools. I loved it! It's amazing talking to people about what you're passionate about. :)
My friend Lorena is coming over soon. I'm make Tofu Fajitas. I'll update you guys with dinner pictures tomorrow, because I'm completely pooped and barely have the energy to really make dinner.
See you tomorrow!
What are you passionate about? This is a question I asked some of the kids. It was really cool to hear all their different answers. I got answers like boxing, music, and gummi bears. :D