16. Thin Line

Watch Ivori Holson outline the harmful effects of a sugary drink diet in “Thin Line” written and performed by Ivori for the Bigger Picture project, a collaboration between Youth Speaks and UCSF’s Center for Vulnerable Populations.


   Type 2 diabetes has changed from a disease of our grandparents…to a disease of our children.

   Most children who develop type 2 diabetes have a close family member with the disease.

   Sugary drinks are the number one source of calories in young people’s diets.

   Drinking one or two sugary drinks each day increases the risk of type 2 diabetes by about 25%.

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


Thin Line Lesson Plan

Leading Questions:
Do you count your calories? Why or why not? What stigma is around calorie counting? Do you count your grams or sugar or carbs? What are nutritional facts made for? Are they easy to understand and clear or misleading? What ingredients are in the foods you most value?

Create a list of everything you have eaten today so far and look up the nutritional facts. Next to the food items write how many servings you had, how many calories it was and how many grams are sugar and carbs.


What do we consume without knowing the dangers? What are the factors in our ignorance about wellness? What does ignorance put us in risk of? What do we know about what we consume? Who does our ignorance about food impact?

Respond to “There is something killing our children…”

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Wrap Up:
What is the thin line our community is walking on? How long have we been on it? How do we widen our options and choices?

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