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Obesity drug for unborn babies (3rd April, 2012)

Doctors in the U.K. are giving overweight pregnant women drugs to lower the chance of obesity in their baby. It is part of a trial in four cities. Women who are “dangerously overweight” have the choice of taking the drug. Professor Jane Norman of Edinburgh University said: “Many women feel perfectly healthy but there is very good evidence that women who are obese have an increased risk of pregnancy problems. Their babies are at risk and we'd like to reduce that risk.”

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More than 15 per cent of pregnant women in the UK are obese. This increases the risk of the baby dying before it is born, or of having health problems after birth. Research shows that overweight babies are twice as likely to become obese adults. The trial has made many health experts angry. They say the answer is not a pill for the baby. Rather, doctors should tell overweight mothers to exercise and eat healthily. Dr Norman agrees, but she said women who start their pregnancy overweight need more help.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.
Paragraph 1

1.

lower the chance

a.

trial

2

part of a

b.

taking the drug

3.

have the choice of

c.

risk

4.

feel perfectly

d.

of obesity

5.

an increased risk of

e.

healthy

6.

reduce that

f.

pregnancy problems

Paragraph 2


1.

This increases the

a.

experts

2

having health problems

b.

risk

3.

twice

c.

more help

4.

health

d.

after birth

5.

exercise and

e.

as likely

6.

need

f.

eat healthily


LISTENING GAP FILL


Doctors in the U.K. are __________________ pregnant women drugs to lower the __________________ in their baby. It is part of a trial in four cities. Women who are “dangerously overweight” have the __________________ the drug. Professor Jane Norman of Edinburgh University said: “Many women feel __________________ but there is very good evidence that women who are obese have __________________ of pregnancy problems. Their babies are at risk and we'd __________________ that risk.”
More than 15 per cent of pregnant women in the UK are obese. This __________________ of the baby dying before it is born, or of having health problems after birth. Research shows that overweight babies are __________________ to become obese adults. The trial has made __________________ angry. They say the answer is __________________ the baby. Rather, doctors should tell overweight mothers to __________________ healthily. Dr Norman agrees, but she said women who start their pregnancy overweight __________________.


MULTIPLE CHOICE


Doctors in the U.K. are (1) ____ overweight pregnant women drugs to lower the chance of obesity in their baby. It is part of a (2) ____ in four cities. Women who are “(3) ____ overweight” have the choice of taking the drug. Professor Jane Norman of Edinburgh University said: “Many women (4) ____ perfectly healthy but there is very good evidence that women who are obese have an (5) ____ risk of pregnancy problems. Their babies are at risk and we'd like to reduce (6) ____ risk.”
More than 15 per cent of pregnant women in the UK are obese. This increases the risk (7) ____ the baby dying before it is born, or of having health problems (8) ____ birth. Research shows that overweight babies are twice (9) ____ likely to become obese adults. The trial has made many health experts angry. They say the answer is not a (10) ____ for the baby. Rather, doctors should tell overweight mothers to exercise and eat (11) ____. Dr Norman (12) ____, but she said women who start their pregnancy overweight need more help.
Put the correct words from this table into the article.


1.

(a)

taking

(b)

giving

(c)

checking

2.

(a)

trial

(b)

trail

(c)

retail

3.

(a)

dangers

(b)

endangered

(c)

dangerously

4.

(a)

heel

(b)

peel

(c)

feel

5.

(a)

increased

(b)

up

(c)

higher

6.

(a)

those

(b)

them

(c)

that

7.

(a)

by

(b)

of

(c)

at

8.

(a)

after

(b)

later

(c)

finish

9.

(a)

at

(b)

as

(c)

am

10.

(a)

disc

(b)

plant

(c)

pill

11.

(a)

health

(b)

healthily

(c)

healthier

12

(a)

agrees

(b)

thinks

(c)

says


SPELLING


Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

part of a itrla

2.

have the iohecc

3.

feel pyfcltree healthy

4.

very good nvceeeid

5.

pregnancy mlrpbose

6.

ucerde that risk

 

Paragraph 2

7.

This aniesrecs the risk

8.

problems after hbirt

9.

twice as lilkey

10.

health sprtxee

11.

the ersawn is not a pill

12.

eat lhlytheia


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER


Number these lines in the correct order.

1  )

Doctors in the U.K. are giving overweight pregnant women

(    )

of taking the drug. Professor Jane Norman of Edinburgh University said: “Many women feel perfectly

(    )

risk of pregnancy problems. Their babies are at risk and we'd like to reduce that risk.”

(    )

More than 15 per cent of pregnant women in the UK are obese. This increases the risk of the

(    )

baby dying before it is born, or of having health problems after

(    )

pill for the baby. Rather, doctors should tell overweight mothers to exercise and eat

(    )

drugs to lower the chance of obesity in their baby. It is part of a

(    )

birth. Research shows that overweight babies are twice as likely to become obese

(    )

adults. The trial has made many health experts angry. They say the answer is not a

(    )

healthily. Dr Norman agrees, but she said women who start their pregnancy overweight need more help.

(    )

trial in four cities. Women who are “dangerously overweight” have the choice

(    )

healthy but there is very good evidence that women who are obese have an increased


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

to     Drugs     obesity     of     chance     .     the     lower

2.

of     is     in     a     part     four     trial     It     cities.    

3.

choice     the     Have     drug     the     taking     of.    

4.

Women     an     who     increased     are     risk     obese     have.    

5.

We'd     to     that     like     reduce     risk.    

6.

the     increases     baby     the     dying     risk     of     This.    

7.

babies    as    become    Overweight    twice    to    are    likely    obese.    

8.

answer     a     the     The     not     for     is     pill     baby.    

9.

exercise     to     mothers     overweight     tell     should     Doctors.    

10.

pregnancy     who     their     overweight     Women     start.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

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3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

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WRITING


Write about obesity for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.
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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
2. OBESITY: Search the Internet and find more information about obesity. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about obesity in babies. Include an imaginary interview with an obese child and one of his/her parents. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
4. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
5. LETTER: Write a letter to an obesity expert. Ask him/her three questions about obesity. Give him/her three of your opinions on it. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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