The food we eat gives our bodies the “information” and materials they need to function properly. If we don’t get the right information, our metabolic processes suffer and our health declines. If we get too much food, or food that gives our bodies the wrong instructions, we can become overweight, undernourished, and at risk for the development of diseases and conditions, such as arthritis, diabetes, and heart disease. In short, what we eat is central to our health. Consider that in light of Webster’s definition of medicine: ” The science and art dealing with the maintenance of health and the prevention, alleviation, or cure of disease.
The relationship between food and health is complex. Everyone needs food to live, but too little food, too much food, or the wrong type of food has negative consequences for health. To increase understanding of this relationship, we describe trends and patterns in food-related diseases among both adults and children. Using an ecological framework, we then describe why food intake is complex with a discussion of three broad levels–macro including policy and social-cultural norms, local community, and individual environments–and their relationship to food consumption. Given the strong relationship between an individual’s food choice and his or her surrounding environment, we end with examples of policy responses that aim to help people overcome environmental disincentives toward healthy eating. Finding ways to make eating healthfully easier and affordable for all populations is essential to shifting the average American diet toward one that promotes health. Abstract The relationship between food and health is complex.
These factors include insulin resistance, elevated homocysteine, bbetween stress, elevated diet, hypertension, heavy metal toxicity, stress, and inflammation. Petrovich—I tried the veggie thing-and guess what?? Pollan, M. In short, what we eat is central to our connection. Food does play a major health in our health and eating good wholesome fruits and vegetables are the key. Not very scientific. Example of Cardiovascular Disease When taking a nutritional approach to health and disease, it is important to understand that one disease and have between causes, and one underlying dysfunction might cause multiple diseases.