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For this task I am going to identify what influences different peoples food intake & health by identifying various factors such as low income, disorders, culture, and food allergies etc.

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Unit 21 Nutrition Assignments 2 Task 1 (P3 M2 D1) For this task I am going to identify what influences different people's food intake & health by identifying various factors such as low income, disorders, culture, and food allergies etc. Low income Low income can have an impact on someone's diet & health because lack of money means you are obviously going to opt for cheaper things and eat less in order to save money. By opting for cheap things means you will possibly eat things that aren't particularly healthy for you just because they're inexpensive. This can have an impact on your health as you're missing out on essential nutrients which are important for your body to function properly and also to keep you healthy. Another thing is a lot of cheap food is processed and in food in tins is kept preserved. The downfall of processed food is it is high in salt, sugar and is very fatty (usually made up of unnecessary fats i.e. trans fats, hydrogenated fats and saturated fats) which are bad on a regular basis as a lot means high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease etc and trans fats can lead to health conditions such as heart attacks and strokes. The reason fats are used in food is because they're cheap, add bulk to products, have a neutral flavour and give products a long shelf life. As well as fats a lot of chemicals are added to the food for its flavour, appearance and shape so ultimately processed food is very artificial and hasn't got a good nutritional value. The same applies with preserved as tins are packed with salt and sugar in order for the product to last longer. ...read more.


It can make you feel depressed because you can't eat what you want to and that you're not in control of what you can eat. So you may feel left out if you see other people eating foods you're restricted from. Health Different problematic health problems can affect what you eat because in order to stay alive you must eat foods that aren't dangerous for you. Examples of people who follow special diets in order to stay alive are: Gout sufferers People with high-blood pressure People with high cholesterol People with Diabetes People with PKU Some one with Gout can't eat protein enriched foods or anything that has high levels of Uric acid because it will cause a gout attack. So a gout sufferer has to eliminate meat from their diet. Someone with PKU have to have protein with amino acid Triptophen taken out as it is deadly. Someone with diabetes is limited to anything sugary in their diet. They can have sugar but in tiny amounts and are insulin dependant. Culture Culture is all about tradition and people in their environment. If you or family originate from afro-Caribbean you will have links to your food. So you will have food to your traditional tastes. Religions Different religions can have an influence on people's choice of food because the holy book of most religion dictates what they can and cannot eat. True Rastafarians follow an Ital diet - meaning salt less and vegetarian. Ital also means natural food. Rastafarians don't eat the 'flesh of scavengers' like pork or shellfish, but fish and chicken are acceptable to many. Alcohol is discouraged. ...read more.


So for example, e.g. if who you aspire to is someone like Victoria Beckham and she is always immaculate looking and incredibly skinny you may adapt your diet in a dramatic way i.e. cut out fat and decrease your calorie intake because you feel it will make you closer to becoming your idol. This is dangerous for a young growing girl because cutting out really important nutrients can have damaging affects for example, e.g. cutting out dairy products is usually the case because dairy contains fat so this means you've got a higher risk of getting osteoporosis and also your periods can stop because your not getting enough essential nutrients in your diet which are important for the female reproductive system when you get older so your damaging your chances of fertility this means you may not be able to have children and will go through an early menopause where your periods stop permanently. Also because your restricting the foods you eat this means your lacking certain minerals and vitamins which are important for the body functioning so for example if your missing out fats you will not be receiving enough vitamin D and E this means you will have brittle nails, weak hair and more prone to acne. So the media can actually cause a huge impact on a young person because it features people in the media who to them appear "cool", "super skinny" and "perfect" so this sends an image to them that they have to be like them to achieve everyone liking them. So if you have low-self esteem and aren't very popular the thought of acting like your role-model so imitating them to get popular will spurn you on. ?? ?? ?? ?? Anne-Marie Barber Health and Social Care BND Year 1 ...read more.

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