The Reading / Listening - Diet and Height - Level 4

Poor diet may be why there is an average gap of 20cm between the world's tallest and shortest children. Researchers analysed the Body Mass Index (BMI) of millions of children and teenagers worldwide. They looked at their height and weight. The world's tallest teenagers were 183cm and lived in the Netherlands; the shortest were 160cm and lived in East Timor. European children were the tallest. The shortest lived in Asia, Latin America and East Africa.



The comprehensive study looked at data from 65 million children aged five to 19 years old in 193 countries. The team warned that a lack of quality food and nutrition was a major factor behind slower growth and obesity. Better diets increased the height of children in China. Nineteen-year-old boys there were 8cm taller in 2019 than in 1985. The report suggested countries adopt policies that encouraged healthier eating, but to be aware of weight gain.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Diet and Height - Level 5 or  Diet and Height - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/health-54828544
  • https://www.imperial.ac.uk/news/207893/poor-nutrition-school-years-have-created/
  • https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/world/poor-diet-may-contribute-20cm-height-gap-between-tallest-and-shortest-nations-study


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Poor diet may be
  2. an average gap
  3. the world's tallest and
  4. Researchers analysed the
  5. children and teenagers
  6. The world's tallest
  7. the shortest were
  8. Latin
  1. America
  2. Body Mass Index
  3. 160cm
  4. shortest children
  5. teenagers
  6. why
  7. worldwide
  8. of 20cm

Paragraph 2

  1. comprehensive
  2. data from
  3. a lack of
  4. a major factor behind slower
  5. Better diets increased the
  6. suggested countries
  7. encouraged
  8. be aware
  1. healthier eating
  2. growth
  3. of weight gain
  4. height of children
  5. study
  6. 65 million children
  7. adopt policies
  8. quality

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Poor diet may be why there is (1) ___________________of 20cm between the world's tallest (2) ___________________. Researchers analysed the Body Mass Index (BMI) of (3) ___________________and teenagers worldwide. They looked at their height and weight. The world's (4) ___________________183cm and lived in the Netherlands; the shortest were 160cm and lived (5) ___________________. European children were the tallest. The (6) ___________________Asia, Latin America and East Africa.

The comprehensive study (7) ___________________from 65 million children aged five to 19 years old in 193 countries. The team warned that a (8) ___________________food and nutrition was a major factor behind slower (9) ___________________. Better diets increased the height of children in China. Nineteen-year-old (10) ___________________8cm taller in 2019 than in 1985. The report suggested (11) ___________________that encouraged healthier eating, but to be aware (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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(BMI)ofmillionsofchildrenandteenagersworldwide.Theylookedatthe
irheightandweight.Theworld'stallestteenagerswere183cmandlivedi
ntheNetherlands;theshortestwere160cmandlivedinEastTimor.Euro
peanchildrenwerethetallest.TheshortestlivedinAsia,LatinAmericaan
dEastAfrica.Thecomprehensivestudylookedatdatafrom65millionchil
drenagedfiveto19yearsoldin193countries.Theteamwarnedthatalac
kofqualityfoodandnutritionwasamajorfactorbehindslowergrowthan
dobesity.BetterdietsincreasedtheheightofchildreninChina.Nineteen
-year-oldboystherewere8cmtallerin2019thanin1985.Thereports
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tobeawareofweightgain.

Student survey

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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