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Chapter: Introduction to Human Nutrition: A Global Perspective on Food and Nutrition

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Relationship between nutrition and health

Figure shows that individuals can be broadly categorized into having optimal nutritional status or being undernourished, overnourished, or malnourished.

Relationship between nutrition and health

 

Figure 1.2 shows that individuals can be broadly categorized into having optimal nutritional status or being undernourished, overnourished, or malnourished. The major causes and consequences of these nutritional states are indicated. It is important to realize that many other lifestyle and environmental factors, in addition to nutrition, influence health and well-being, but nutrition is a major, modifiable, and powerful factor in promoting health, preventing and treating disease, and improving quality of life.




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