Reflection Paper Malnutrition

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The focus this week was on eating disorders and undernutrition. This week I was enlightened to the variety of existing eating disorders. First, I was enlightened to learn there was a difference between disordered eating and eating disorders. This is a progressional process which can begin from a simple reward as a child. When I was little there was endless times my mother used food as a reward. If I cleaned my room, if I behaved in the store, and if I ate all my dinner I was allowed a special treat. Perhaps this is why I have an endless desire for sweets. This reward system could also be the reason for some of by bad eating habits. Reading this chapter, “Eating Disorders” awakened me to understand the connection between eating disorders and …show more content…
The most popular macronutrient deficiencies are “vitamin A, iodine, zinc, vitamin B, vitamin C and selenium (Wardlaw, Smith, Collene 2016). This means most of us might be malnourished without even realizing. This week I certainly did not meet my recommended nutritional intakes. But honestly, I probably constantly deficient in these vitamins. My vitamin level was especially low in vitamin C. Because our bodies do not produce this nutrient naturally we must consume it. I consumed roughly 43 milligrams of vitamin C this week,which is 35 milligrams shy of the recommended amount. Forty milligrams came from the ¼ cup of kale and 3 from the carrot. Now this is actually more than I would typically consume because I rarely eat kale, and usually don’t consume many other foods with vitamin C such as strawberries, oranges and broccoli. I think it is safe to say I am easily malnourished along with many other americans. As a method to decrease malnutrition GMO’s are produced. They say plant modifications have promising results. I suppose I can understand why some foods are modified. For example, corn is genetically modified to resist certain bacteria, allowing for less pesticide usage. I can accept this GMO process because it is riding the consumption of chemicals. However, GMO’s aren’t always used for this process. They are mostly used to create larger products, with attracting colors, and which hold better taste. Farmland decreases yearly as a result of increased urbanization, hence the increased use of GMO’s. (Wardlaw, Smith, Collene 2016). I do not approve GMO’s for this use. GMO’s are typically bad for one’s health, contain toxins, and can be linked to birth defects (Katiraee 2016). Food should be left to nature not

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