AT1: ASSIGNMENT TOPIC
PART A: You are a nutritionist working in the field of obesity management, and have been asked to provide a brief review (1200 words maximum) of the efficacy of high protein diets for the management of people who are obese. The review is intended for a monthly journal publication aimed at a non-specific health professional readership. In particular, you have been asked to focus on some key points in your review:
- Highlight the current prevalence of obesity, and provide a rationale for why the manipulation of dietary protein content of an energy-restricted diet is potentially beneficial to people with obesity. (~150 words)
- Provide a brief discussion of postprandial dietary protein effects on physiological outcomes including satiety-related gut hormones, gluconeogenesis, protein synthesis and protein oxidation, and thermogenesis. (~250-300 words)
- Critique evidence available that has investigated the efficacy of high protein diets in the management of obesity. You should focus predominantly on peer-reviewed studies/reviews that have investigated outcomes of weight loss and/or fat loss. (~450- 500 words)
- Note some potential limitations of high protein diets for people with obesity. (~150 words)
- Briefly summarize your key findings. Based on the strength of the current evidence available, provide some final recommendations and/or perspectives in relation to use of high protein diets for the management of obesity. (~150 words)
Your report should have a logical flow, have a focus on readability and be written at the level for health professionals and include supporting evidence from AT LEAST SEVEN original published studies (research articles and review papers are both acceptable) which are cited in text and listed in a reference section at the end of the article. Do not cite references from internet sources (and that includes Wikipedia!) and non-peer-reviewed literature unless there is a strong reason to do so (such as websites from government departments or peak independent and reputable health bodies which contain original data or reports).
You are required to use the Vancouver (or similar numbering system) referencing system for this assignment. The Vancouver system uses in-text numbering for each reference and a numerical order bibliography. The Vancouver system is by far the most common style used in scientific journals, and is also one of the simplest to use. The Vancouver system also assists with readability of text by not having paragraphs full of author names disrupting the flow of the text. Despite how it may appear, the scientific world does not revolve around the APA referencing style that many of you are forced to use in other units. Some help on referencing styles is here: http://www.deakin.edu.au/students/study-support/referencing.
Please use 1.5 line spacing and 11 or 12 point font. Use the Marking Rubric to guide how much detail is expected for each point based on the word limit of the assignment. Your reference
section, and any in-text references, tables and figure legends do not add to the word count.
The word count maximum means just that – there is no ‘10% over’ allowance rule – any assignment exceeding the word count maximum will be penalised to ensure equity in assessment of assignments between students as the marking criteria takes into account how much detail/depth could be realistically included in each part within the word limit. The word count is required on the assignment cover page.
Penalty for exceeding 1200 words maximum (total/120 marks):
- 1-100 words over: 5 marks
- 101-200 words over: 10 marks
- 201-300 words over: 15 marks
- 301-400 words over: 20 marks
- >401 words over: 25 marks
The assignment will be marked according to the assessment rubric which can be found on CloudDeakin.
PART B: Since you are a well-respected nutritionist in the field, you have been asked to provide a very brief (90-second) summary of your perspectives on high protein diets for obesity management in a television documentary looking at nutritional strategies for obesity management. The documentary is intended for the general, lay, viewership. In your presentation, you should focus mostly on:
- How the manipulation of dietary protein content of an energy-restricted diet is potentially beneficial to people with obesity
- The strength of the evidence supporting high protein diets for the management of people with obesity
- Your evidence-based recommendations and/or perspectives in relation to using high protein diets to improve weight loss/fat loss in people with obesity HSN211 assignment