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Assess how influences on dietary intake may affect the nutritional health of individuals.

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AS and A Level Healthcare

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Assess how influences on dietary intake may affect the nutritional health of individuals.

Most people are aware that a healthy diet is important to reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other physical health problems. Firstly, money problems can have an effect on the foods that people buy. The reason for this is because healthy foods such as fruit and vegetables are more expensive than unhealthy foods such as McDonalds. In the case study in P3 Miss J had money problems and she wasn't able to provide enough food on the table for the kids as she was unemployed. Therefore she went for the cheapest food which was junk food. She was also suffering from malnutrition due to lack of nutrients that are necessary for the body to grow and stay healthy.

Secondly, people who are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes are also another reason for how their dietary intake may affect their nutritional health. Type 1 diabetes is a condition in which the body is unable to produce insulin. Without insulin, the body's ability to use glucose as a fuel source is impaired. In general people with type 1 diabetes have the same dietary

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