Adolescent Eating Habits

2498 Words Apr 20th, 2012 10 Pages
UNIVERSITY OF THE SOUTHERN CARIBBEAN
MARACAS ROYAL ROAD, MARACAS, ST JOSEPH

A Research Paper

An Assignment
Presented in Partial Fulfilment
Of the Requirements for the Course
FDNT310 - NUTRITION IN THE LIFE CYCLE

INSTRUCTOR: Ms. Alana Alexander- Walker

By

Melinda Jeanville

April 1, 2012

Approval……………………

Table of Contents

Abstract 3

Unhealthy Dietary Habits 4

Benefits of Healthy Eating 5

Eating Disorders 6

Junk Food 7

Good Teen Nutrition 9

Sources of Nutrients 11

Enjoying Healthful Foods 11

Conclusion 12

References 13 Abstract
Many teenagers fall into unhealthy eating
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Males aged 12–19 years drink roughly 22 ounces of full-calorie soft-drinks per day, more than twice the intake of milk (10 ounces), and females drink roughly 14 ounces of soft-drinks and only 6 ounces of milk (Kushi LH, 2006).

Eating Disorders
Adolescents are especially susceptible to eating disorders because of the development of their self-image around this time of their lives. Bulimia, anorexia and binge eating are all eating disorders that teenagers suffer from. Results of Anorexia nervosa can prove to be fatal; as the body is starved so are the muscles. The heart, being a muscle, can consequently begin to weaken, and heart failure will very likely become a reality. The low levels of sodium, zinc, potassium and calcium, associated with anorexia can cause unusual heart rhythms. Sudden death caused by electrolyte and mineral disorder may happen. The blood bone marrow is also interrupted. Anemia is related with the amount of weight lost and the decreased capability to fight pathogens and infections [ (CDC) ]. Obtaining the accurate figures, in terms of the prevalence and other facts about eating disorders is difficult. It is not mandatory for Anorexia Nervosa and Related Eating Disorders (ANRED) to report eating disorders; this, the secretiveness, and denial of people with eating disorders makes it difficult to obtain an accurate idea of the prevalence of eating disorders in the U.S.A. According to the National Eating Disorders
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