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The science of nutrition and healthy eating
The science of nutrition and healthy eating

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3 Food habits

In Week 1 we looked at the social aspects of eating. Look at Table 1 below which highlights the factors influencing food choice.

Table 1 Factors influencing food choice
the need to livesocial and personal status national identity
appetitegroup identitycultural group
sensory appealemotional supportfood staples
hunger/satietyreward/punishmentmeal patterns
personal likes and dislikesritual/habitreligious practices
special therapeutic diets, e.g. for coeliac diseasecommunicationrestrictions

We looked at malnutrition in Week 6. You may be able to link the factors above with under- and overnutrition, especially when food is readily available and when it is limited.

Certain food habits can affect our health. These are known as eating disorders, which are sometimes thought of as ‘fussy eating’. We now look at the difference between fussy eating, disordered eating and an eating disorder.