18. Chocolate Smile

Watch Marje Kilpatrick in “Chocolate Smile,” a new film produced for the Bigger Picture project, a collaboration between Youth Speaks and UCSF’s Center for Vulnerable Populations. Born and raised in Richmond, Calif., Marje addresses many of the socioeconomic and environmental factors within her community that help contribute to the Type 2 diabetes epidemic.


   In low income communities, diabetes is spiking in younger and younger people.

   The food and beverage industry is especially targeting youth of color for their high sugar products.

   75% of teenagers of color drink at least one sugary drink a day, increasing the risk of type 2 diabetes by about 25%.

   Nearly 1 in 2 children of color will get diabetes in their lifetime.


Chocolate Smile Lesson Plan

Leading Questions:
What is your favorite sweet, snack or beverage and why? When did you first encounter it? How does it make you feel?

Create a commercial that encourages the consumption of a comfort food or snack. What language do you use? What do you leave out? Make it clear what you want them to consume and how you want them to feel after consuming.


What addictions are we silent about? What has been killing our community?

Finish the sentence, “I will no longer be silent about…”

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Wrap Up:
After learning about Type 2 diabetes why is there reason to speak on this issue? What stories, facts, insight can we share? What do you hope will change?

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