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					Why are we a nation of
  couch potatoes?
   Solving a mystery with
        the guide to
    economic reasoning
 Channel surf TV, glance at a
  news stand, open a fashion
catalogue and it becomes clear:

    Americans admire people
     who look slender and
          physically fit
Yet according to the Center for
Disease Control & Prevention:

     Only about 25% of
   Americans are getting
 enough exercise, and about
 35% of American adults are
         overweight
 The percentage of children who
are overweight has doubled since
        the early 1970’s
• Face book is becoming more popular than
  my space,

• Because we don’t fit in my space anymore
  So here’s the mystery:

Why do an increasing number
   of Americans, the same
people who admire the slender
 look so often featured in the
 media, exercise too little and
        eat too much?
           Some true/false clues
• Few Americans know that exercising more and
  eating less can help many people become
  healthier.___
• Exercise and a helpful diet are free.___
• In jobs that involve physical work, exercise is like
  a fringe benefit. ___
• The price of food has been increasing over the
  last two decades. ___
• Passive modes of entertainment (like TV and
  videogames) are popular with Americans. ___
• Common jobs in the past (mining, farming,
  factory manufacturing) were much safer than
  today’s jobs in technology, finance, legal and
  health services. ___
1. what is the economic view
          of choice?
  2. How do choices influence
people in respect to exercise and
              diet?
3. What is an opportunity cost?
4. How does opportunity cost
   influence people in their
   decisions about diet and
          exercise?
5. What is an incentive?
6. Why is money such an
   attractive incentive?
 7. What incentives influence
people in their decisions about
     diet and exercise?
 8. Why are the rules of the
economic system important?
  9. How do the rules of the
 economic system influence
people in their decisions about
      diet and exercise?
10. What is voluntary trade?
11. How does voluntary trade
  influence people in their
  decisions about diet and
         exercise?
 12. What does it mean that
people’s decisions have future
       consequences?
        13. How do future
consequences influence people
in their decisions about diet and
            exercise?
    14. Solve the mystery:

Why do an increasing number of
Americans, the same people who
admire the slender look so often
 featured in the media, exercise
   too little and eat too much?
• Choosing new jobs created in a changing
  market system
• Trade-off; thinness for other values and
  work related benefits
• Opportunity cost of physical activity is
  passive TV or video games

				
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