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This topic is adapted from the Kid Forward YouTube channel.

Why do we poop? This ought to be good…

Video Highlights:

  • All of our bodies need energy to survive. Poop is the leftover waste our body doesn’t use when it turns food and drink into energy.
  • If you didn’t poop, that could be a serious problem. There’s lot of medical reasons why you might not poop. If you haven’t been able to poop for a long time, you need to tell your parents and go see a doctor to find out why.
  • Pooping right usually comes down to eating right. Some people say “garbage in, garbage out” and there’s some truth to that. To have a healthy digestive system, you should eat a balanced diet that includes plenty of fresh vegetables. Some common foods that are high in fiber and will “keep things moving” include beans, berries, broccoli, peas, pears, apples, and whole grains.

[Related: STDs: Ask a Doctor]

Written content for this topic by Daniel Martin.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
  2. What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
  3. What sort of health-related questions interest you? Why are they interesting to you?
  4. Are there any health problems that run in your family? What are they and what steps are you going to take to ensure you are able to manage your health as you get older?
  5. What sort of things do you eat regularly? What dietary changes could you make that would help you eat (and poop) better?
  6. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.