Meal Satisfaction and Sustainability for Psychology
To teach students about the content and impact (environmental, psychological, social) of different meals with differing levels of satisfaction, we will consider 3 meals: 1) Fast Food; 2) Least Satisfactory Meal; and 3) More satisfactory meal.
- Teach students about the contents of the (non-natural food, e.g., meat, bun, ketchup, onions, fries, soda, etc.) consumed regularly by US citizens.
- Teach students what natural resources are required to create one fast food meal.
- Encourage students to reflect on the impact of a single fast food meal on natural resources.
- Encourage students to reflect on the personal satisfaction created by a single natural vs. non-natural meal.
- Encourage students to reflect on the nutritional satisfaction created by a single natural vs. non-natural meal.
- Encourage students to reflect on the relative satisfaction of different meals and what biological, psychological, and social factors.
Context for Use
- Introductory through Advanced Undergraduates
- 8-20 students
- Lecture with follow-up assignment and discussions.
Description and Teaching Materials
McDonald's (or other) double cheeseburger, fries, and Diet Coke.
Lee Psych Assignment (Microsoft Word 33kB Jun9 10)
Teaching Notes and Tips
- Has their satisfaction with Meals 1-3 changed since the exercise.
- Have they developed a better understanding of how different meal choices affect the environment?
- Have they developed a better understanding of certain foods affect and are affected by biological, psychological, and social factors?
- Can they make better-informed food decisions in the future and/or teach peers to.