Why do we eat what we eat?

Mady Myers

External Influences

Media: print, newspaper, radio, TV, popular press, magazines, books, internet

Economics: price, food's availability, demand

Environmental: climate issues, land availability

Technological: food processing, food preparation

Individual Influences

Physiological: gender/ age, health, caloric & nutritional needs

Psychological: stress, emotion, appetite

Personal: likes- chicken, pizza, dislikes- vegetables

Culture & Customs: Muslims and Jews consider pork unclean, fish is eaten during Lent

Traditions: Thanksgiving, Easter, Christmas

Healthy Food Choices

Dietary Guidelines for Americans: Maintain a healthy weight, promote health, and prevent chronic disease. Made to prevent: Cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, Hypertension, Ostoperocios, be more physical active, read more of what you are eating, don't over consume calories

Weight Managements: balance calories with used calories, increase physical activity, decrease food and drink calories

Physical Activity Needs: Teens need at least and hour of physical activity. Adults need at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of exercise cardiovascular activities, stretching for flexibility, resistance exercises to build muscle and endurance

"My Plate" compared to the "Food Pyramid": In the food pyramid there are certain foods for each part. On my plate it says how much in proportion to how much you should eat of eau section.

Nutritional Labels on Packages: These are very important to look at before you eat it, to know what you are putting in your body. They tell you everything that you need to see, how it compares to the food pyramid.

Food Groups to Encouragement for Specific Populations: overweight children, pregnant women, breastfeeding women, overweight adults, overweight children with chronic disease

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