Why we eat what we eat

External Influences

Media

The Internet and T.V. can show Adds that have people eating foods, influencing us to want to eat it.

Economics

Prices may influence our food choices because we may want to save money on a cheaper meal.

Environmental

Some foods may be better for our environment and people may want to help our Earth.

Technological

the technology may cause us to want different foods because they advertise the foods more

Individual Influences

Physiological

Your body may have different chemicals that cause our

Psychological

Your mind may be causing you to want less healthy foods because they taste better.

Personal (likes and dislikes)

What foods you like has a very large impact on what you eat

Culture and Customs

Your culture may not allow some foods so you cant eat all foods.

Traditions

Your family may have a tradition of eating a meal on a certain day.

HEALTHY FOOD CHOICES

Dietary Guidelines for Americans

The Guidelines may tell you to not eat or eat some foods

Weight Management

Some foods may not be allowed in some diets

Physical Activity Needs

Some exercises need some foods to keep you moving.

“My Plate” compared to the “Food Pyramid”

Nutritional Labels on Packages

The nutrition labels may have some things that you are allergic to or are just plain unhealthy.

Food Groups to Encourage for Specific Populations (over 50, pregnant women, children, and teens)

Some groups are not supposed to eat some foods that may harm you.