Decisions Affecting Your Health
and Eating Disorders
about nutritious foods that promote
Understand the benefits of regular
Protect the health of exterior body parts
Understand the causes of stress
Identify places that promote health and
Make correct consumer choices related to
is the state of physical, mental,
and emotional health.
Wellness is used to describe personal
Personal health is not always about how
prone one person can be to a sickness but
rather personal healthy habits.
pattern of living should include certain
health practices. These include:
• Eating the correct foods
• Adopting an exercise program
• Getting enough sleep
• Protecting other aspects of your health
• Managing stress effectively
is a common tool to make sure
you’re receiving the right amount of daily
MyPlate is made up of foods groups. These
food groups are known as grains,
vegetables, fruits, dairy, meat, and beans.
The recommended daily intakes are
determined by a person’s calories needs.
is a fat-like
substance in your
High cholesterol levels
are associated with
Keep your total fat
intake between 20 to 30
may result in
illness, or even
who suffer from
anorexia nervosa have an
intense fear of being obese,
sometimes described as “fat
When these people suffer
from this they are sickly thin
and even when they get a
pinch of skin they think that
they are still obese.
you know that if shop
mannequins were real women,
they’d be too thin to menstruate?
Marilyn Monroe wore a size 14.
Today, models weigh 23% less than
1 in 4 college women have an eating
Models in magazines are airbrushed.
Poor Barbie, she may someday marry Ken, but
chances are, they will never have children. Based
on research done by Raider Programs, the percent
of Barbie’s body fat would be so low, she would
have ceased to menstruate – that is if she ever
started. She has been grossly underweight since
If Barbie were a real person, she would be 6-7
Feet tall, weigh 100 lbs., and wear a size 4. Her
measurements would be 39”/19”/33”. A four montholds head measures 17 ½”. She would probably
have had to have back surgery from being so top
If Barbie were a real woman, she’d have to walk on
all fours due to her proportions.
described as “desperate
overeating” or the “binge
People with bulimia go on
food binges eating large
amounts of high calorie foods
in a short period of time.
Then they feel guilty and
purge themselves into
vomiting or taking laxatives.
• People suffering with Compulsive Overeating have
what is characterized as an "addiction" to food, using
food and eating as a way to hide from their
emotions, to fill a void they feel inside, and to cope
with daily stresses and problems in their lives.
Binge Eating Disorder
• The sufferer periodically goes on large
binges, consuming an unusually large quantity of food
in a short period of time (less than 2 hours)
uncontrollably, eating until they are uncomfortably full.
Pica is a medical disorder characterized by an
appetite for substances largely non-nutritive (e.g.
metal [coins, etc.], clay, coal, soil, feces, chalk,
paper, soap, mucus, ash, gum, etc.) or an
abnormal appetite for some things that may be
considered foods, such as food ingredients (e.g.
flour, raw potato, raw rice, starch, ice cubes, salt).
In order for these actions to be considered pica,
they must persist for more than one month at an
age where eating such objects is considered
is seen in all ages, particularly in pregnant women,
small children, and those with developmental
to eat or binge eating
Abnormal weight loss or a cycle of weight
gains and losses
Vomiting with no other signs of illness
people of all ages have a sedentary
lifestyle (sitting much of the time)
Regular exercise has a big impact on how
you look and feel
a physical exam
Exercises that improve both respiration
Exercise should be done regularly
Should consist of three parts: a warm-up
period, a workout period, and a cool-down
pooling is the accumulation of blood
in the large muscles of the legs.
It causes the heart and brain to be
deprived of an adequate blood supply.
This could result in fainting.
To avoid blood pooling do not stop
Protecting your hearing
Taking care of your teeth
Protecting your skin
is a state of
bodily or mental
Some stress is
good, but too much
can be harmful.
injury, or loss of job
can cause stress.
changes like getting
a promotion cause
Know your limits
If you already have a lot of stress, avoid
any other stressful events
If you are doing too much slow down
Avoid taking drugs
Relax and take some time off
Health screening – testing for diseases
Computer related resources provide meal
planning, exercise and fitness programs,
and weight – loss plans
Government and nonprofit organizations
groups are normally made of
people with a common concern.
These groups offer emotional help to any
who needs it.
Support groups are often sponsored by
medical or other communication groups
and are led by knowledgeable