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Does diet affect your health?

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Does diet affect your health? The term 'Balanced Diet' means a diet which consists of all variety of food types such as fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy products, grain, pulses, fats and oils. The idea is to eat all these food types in proportions so that the body attains all the nutrients and essentials, in order to work properly and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Proportional eating meaning according to what each particular food group has to offer and what affect it will have on the body after intake. As for 'health', health could be defined as for many people as the body being free of all diseases and illnesses and to be working to its most efficient and effective level according to views from society but these views can vary from country to country and even person to person as everybody's reality and situation is different in the sense that different societies define certain ideas and concepts according to what they believe is the most correct to them, so the word 'Health' could have more than one meaning. ...read more.

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From this I concluded that being obese could cause you all types of problems and one of the main reasons for obesity is eating too many high in saturated fats and sugars, showing that your diet can have a big affect on your health as it affects your body physically. At the same time mentally as being obese could have social pressures and could cause anxiety, it can also stop you from interacting socially as your size may cause complications in mobility. On the other hand another source tells me that obesity may not be caused by your diet but is actually a genetic factor inside the body. Research was done to found out that some people carry 2 defective copies of a gene called Ob which stops a protein called leptin being produced, this protein is known to suppress appetite and metabolism. The discovery was made by a group of geneticists in Cambridge who also said 'Discoveries like this emphasize that severe obesity is a medical condition which may have underlying genetic factors,' says O'Rahilly (New Scientist). ...read more.

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For example health food stores such as a store which offers a 6-inch Sandwiches with 6 grams of Fat or Less. (Subway) and even the government are now changing school menus by providing students with healthier alternatives. For example getting rid of desserts and providing fruit instead. All this showing that there are healthier alternatives no matter how old you are and no matter where you are. So 'Does diet affect your health?' To conclude I would like to say from all this I have realised that that diet does affect your health as it can lead to obesity which can follow on to further complications. But at the same time other factors play a huge role such as lifestyles, lack of physical activity, self control when choosing a diet and social issues. I got this according to Richard Parsons who states 'Diet is only one of seven things to affect your health' (CGP G.C.S.E Physical Education) Therefore diet does affect you health but it is not the only factor to affect your health. ...read more.

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