Ch 16: Nutrition's Role in Health

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Watch online health video lessons and learn about the body's nutritional needs, food safety, nutritional myths, eating disorders and more. These video lessons are short and engaging and make learning easy!

Nutrition's Role in Health - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Begin your survey of nutrition with introductory lessons discussing the body's dietary needs and wrap up your studies with an examination of eating disorders and their causes. Lessons in between discuss methods for evaluating an individual's nutritional needs, identifying food safety concerns and recognizing nutritional myths for what they really are. This chapter is designed to teach you the following:

  • How the body uses carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals
  • Factors affecting individuals' dietary behaviors
  • Resources for making well-informed nutritional choices
  • Symptoms and treatment options for various eating disorders

Video Objectives
Simple and Complex Carbohydrates: Dietary Needs Examine nutrients and calories as well as the different kinds of carbohydrates. Explain which types of carbs are healthier and find out how many should be eaten by the average person.
Insoluble and Soluble Fiber: Dietary Needs Describe the two main kinds of fiber and the body's dietary need for this type of carbohydrate.
Proteins & Amino Acids: Importance & Dietary Needs Identify sources of essential amino acids, non-essential amino acids and proteins. Explore their roles in the body.
Saturated, Monounsaturated & Polyunsaturated Fat: Dietary Needs Examine the differences between types of fats, and find out which food products contain them. Learn how the body uses these molecules.
Vitamins We Need: Their Importance & Sources Survey the roles of important vitamins and in the body. Discover some of these nutrients' sources.
Minerals in Our Food: Functions in the Body & Food Sources Discover the food sources and functions of important minerals in the body.
Water's Role as a Nutrient: Importance & Dietary Need Explore the nutritional importance of water, what the body uses it for and how much the average person needs.
Factors that Influence Dietary Choices: Gender, Culture & Other Issues Explain how factors like gender and culture influence dietary and nutritional choices.
Determining Your Nutritional Needs Outline considerations for determining your nutritional needs.
Making Healthy Nutritional Choices: Habits, Behaviors & Resources Identify behavioral strategies and resources useful for changing eating habits and improving dietary behavior.
Nutritional Myths, Facts, Risks & Benefits Find out how proper nutrition can fight disease. Learn to assess the validity of claims about food supplements and nutrition trends.
Concerns for Food Safety Around the World Explain food safety concerns facing Americans and people in other regions of the world.
The Potential Benefits of Popular Herbal Supplements Discuss the purported benefits of major herbal supplements, such as St. John's Wort, ginkgo and echinacea.
Eating Disorders Recognize symptoms and behaviors associated with eating disorders as well as some of the triggers for these behaviors.
What is Anorexia Nervosa? - Definition, Symptoms, Treatment and Prognosis Discuss criteria used to diagnose anorexia. Survey treatment techniques and review the prognosis for individuals struggling with this disorder.
What is Bulimia Nervosa? - Definition, Symptoms, Treatment and Prognosis Outline symptoms of bulimia and identify this disorder's subtypes. Describe treatment options, such as cognitive behavioral and family therapies.
Binge Eating Disorder and Obesity: Definition, Discussion and Treatment Examine binge eating disorder and its relation to obesity. Discuss treatment options designed to address its underlying causes.
What Causes Eating Disorders? - Risk Factors and Cultural Perspectives Explore how media and culture influence body image. Discuss risk and protection factors associated with eating disorders, such as gender, age and personality.

18 Lessons in Chapter 16: Nutrition's Role in Health
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Simple & Complex Carbohydrates: Dietary Needs

1. Simple & Complex Carbohydrates: Dietary Needs

This lesson will explore the many different kinds of carbohydrates found in food. You'll learn about monosaccharides, disaccharides, polysaccharides, and much more!

Insoluble and Soluble Fiber: Dietary Needs

2. Insoluble and Soluble Fiber: Dietary Needs

If you didn't know this already, there are many different kinds and functions of fiber! You'll learn about what dietary, functional, total, soluble, and insoluble fiber is and how much you need each day and why.

Proteins & Amino Acids: Importance & Dietary Needs

3. Proteins & Amino Acids: Importance & Dietary Needs

Can protein become fat? How much protein do we need? What's the difference between an essential and a complete protein? You'll find out that and much more as we go over the nutritional aspects of proteins.

Saturated, Monounsaturated & Polyunsaturated Fat: Dietary Needs

4. Saturated, Monounsaturated & Polyunsaturated Fat: Dietary Needs

Fat has been derided as being really bad for you despite serving many important functions. You'll learn about these functions and the different kinds of fat you may encounter as well as why a lot of fat can truly, in the end, be bad for you.

Vitamins We Need: Their Importance & Sources

5. Vitamins We Need: Their Importance & Sources

There are a lot of different vitamins, and they come from many different places! This lesson will teach you about what they are, how many different kinds you need, what they do, and where you can obtain them naturally.

Minerals in Our Food: Functions in the Body & Food Sources

6. Minerals in Our Food: Functions in the Body & Food Sources

Minerals are important substances that help your body's form and function on many different levels. This lesson will go over some important ones, what they do, and where they are found in our diets.

Water's Role as a Nutrient: Importance & Dietary Need

7. Water's Role as a Nutrient: Importance & Dietary Need

Water is an important thing for the entire world and the world inside your body. This lesson will point out why it's important for you and how much you need on a daily basis.

Factors that Influence Dietary Choices: Gender, Culture & Other Issues

8. Factors that Influence Dietary Choices: Gender, Culture & Other Issues

You are a unique person and therefore, the dietary choices you make should be well-suited to who you are and what you do. The factors that influence these choices will be the focus of this lesson.

Determining Your Nutritional Needs

9. Determining Your Nutritional Needs

This lesson will teach you about important terms involved in determining your nutritional needs, as well as about a tool that can help you use the latest nutritional science to figure these things out.

Making Healthy Nutritional Choices: Habits, Behaviors & Resources

10. Making Healthy Nutritional Choices: Habits, Behaviors & Resources

This lesson will help you see how easy it is to track what you eat and change your diet for the better. It will also provide you with additional information on where a wealth of information on healthy nutrition can be found.

Nutritional Myths, Facts, Risks & Benefits

11. Nutritional Myths, Facts, Risks & Benefits

Have you heard about the latest supplement craze that will cure you of something? Is it worth taking? This lesson will talk about the benefits, risks, myths, and facts surrounding dietary supplements.

Concerns for Food Safety Around the World

12. Concerns for Food Safety Around the World

This lesson will explore the importance of food safety, who's in charge of food safety, what we're trying to combat, and how you can take action at home to keep yourself safe.

The Potential Benefits of Popular Herbal Supplements

13. The Potential Benefits of Popular Herbal Supplements

This lesson will describe for you some of the more famous herbs used in supplements and their major effects as well as how these herbal supplements compare and contrast to modern Western medicine.

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) & Eating Disorders: Definition & Types

14. Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) & Eating Disorders: Definition & Types

Many of us have something about our appearance that we'd like to change, but for some people these desires can develop into actual disorders. How are body dysmorphic disorder and eating disorders related? This lesson gives you a closer look at these disorders and the impact they can have on people.

What is Anorexia Nervosa? - Definition, Symptoms, Treatment and Prognosis

15. What is Anorexia Nervosa? - Definition, Symptoms, Treatment and Prognosis

This lesson explores what anorexia nervosa is and why it is so dangerous. It covers common symptoms seen in children who may develop anorexia as well as what anorexia will do to those who suffer from it.

What is Bulimia Nervosa? - Definition, Symptoms, Treatment and Prognosis

16. What is Bulimia Nervosa? - Definition, Symptoms, Treatment and Prognosis

This lesson explores bulimia as well as challenges many common misconceptions of bulimia. Specifically, this lesson describes the diagnostic requirements, the subtypes, and the treatments known to help with bulimia.

Binge Eating Disorder and Obesity: Definition, Discussion and Treatment

17. Binge Eating Disorder and Obesity: Definition, Discussion and Treatment

Binge-eating disorders are difficult to confront, but can be relatively easy to treat. This lesson explores some of the causes and issues related to binge-eating disorder, as well as to obesity in general.

What Causes Eating Disorders? - Risk Factors and Cultural Perspectives

18. What Causes Eating Disorders? - Risk Factors and Cultural Perspectives

This lesson takes a broad look at the causes of eating disorders. In addition, this lesson looks at what causes individuals to face higher or lower incidence rates of eating disorders.

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