Weight Loss Pills: Findings

Subject Area

Health Education




In this activity, the students will do a presentation about an over-the-counter weight loss pill. They will explain how the drug will work and if the drug is safe and effective. Each group will have a given amount of time to do their presentation. A rubric, Rubric Weight Loss Pills, will be used to score their work.

This activity results from the ALEX Resource Development Summit.

    Health Education (2019) Grade(s): 8


    Analyze the validity of health claims made concerning health products and services.


    Learning Objectives

    Learning Objectives

    The student will be able to analyze the validity of health claims made concerning weight loss supplements.

    The student will explain if diet pills are a safe and healthy way to lose weight.

    Activity Details

    Students will explain their findings and results from doing research on weight loss pills. The website, Healthline, has 12 popular weight loss pills. The students can use this reference as a guide to research. The students will discuss the questions that are on the worksheet in their presentation. Every student in the group will need to participate in some way to help develop their research. The instructor will determine the time length for the presentation according to how many students are in the class. 

    Assessment Strategies

    Assessment Strategies


    The students will be assessed using a rubric for completing the worksheet as well as their presentation. Use the following link for the rubric, Rubric Weight Loss Pills. This link provides the questions for the students to answer, Weight Loss Pills Research Questions.


    Variation Tips

    This activity can be used with the activities Weight Loss Pills: Fact or Fiction and Weight Loss Pills: Facts. All three will be a complete lesson plan. 

    Background and Preparation

    Background / Preparation

    In advance, the teacher will make copies of the rubric for each group that will present. The teacher will also need a timer.

    Digital Tools / Resources