Health Effects Associated with Proteins


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Select the plate that contains the lowest amount protein.

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1. Why are children, especially in under-developed countries, susceptible to protein-energy malnutrition?

2. A documentary film features children living in a famine-stricken country. They are shown with swollen bellies. Which disorder are these children most likely suffering from?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you quickly assess your understanding of the ways in which one's health is impacted due to a high- or low-protein diet. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include terms used to describe specific conditions resulting from protein under- or over-consumption.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • The term used to describe the type of malnutrition resulting when protein is deficient but calories are adequate
  • The reason why children are susceptible to protein-energy malnutrition
  • A condition in children characterized by a swollen belly
  • What is deficient when one has marasmus
  • The ability to recognize health effects associated with a high-protein diet

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will allow you to test the following skills:

  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of protein deficiency in high-calorie diets
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about protein consumption in a different light
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast marasmus and the disorder where protein is deficient and calories are adequate
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the health effects of high-protein diets

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson called Health Effects Associated with Proteins. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Discuss the importance of protein in a normal diet
  • Define Protein-Energy Malnutrition (PEM)
  • Provide details about marasmus
  • Detail the negative effects of consuming too much protein