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Adolescent Eating Habits

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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

Abstract3

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

References13

Abstract
Many teenagers fall into unhealthy eating habits for a variety of reasons; stress, the desire to lose weight, peer pressure etc. These unhealthy eating habits, may not cause damage immediately (although they sometimes do) but they are followed by a host of health issues. Sound nutritious habits play a role in the prevention of common chronic diseases such as obesity, heart disease, cancers, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. Investigating and understanding adolescent eating habits is necessary to preventing diet-related diseases later in the future. This paper discusses characteristic adolescent eating habits; skipping meals, fast food consumption, frequent snacking, and other dieting practices of adolescents. The nutritional requirements for adolescents are also discussed.

Unhealthy Dietary Habits
Teens engage in dieting practices that maybe less than beneficial, including eating very little, cutting out whole groups of foods (like grain products), fasting, and skipping meals. These practices can leave out important foods that are vital for growth to occur. Other weight-loss strategies such as self-induced vomiting, smoking, and diet pills or laxatives can lead to health issues. Unhealthy dieting can actually cause weight gain...