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Unformatted text preview: Children are good at regulating the amount of food they consume Role of experience in food selection – observe others eating and enjoying, encouragement/discouragement by parents o Obesity Over 50% of American adults are overweight and 25% are obese Children and adolescents Genetic and environmental factors The surplus of food available to many in the US leads to overeating Health and social problems o Eating disorders Bulimia • Characterized by eating binges followed by self-induced purging Anorexia nervosa • Characterized by distorted body image leading to starvation • More rare than bulimia o Undernutrition 40% of the worlds children under the age of 5 are undernourished or malnourished • Causes physical and cognitive impairments • The most common nutritional problem • Marasmums – results from too few calories • Kwashiorkor – results from inadequate protein...
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This note was uploaded on 11/27/2011 for the course PSYC 250 taught by Professor Okeke during the Fall '07 term at UNC.
- Fall '07