As noted in the textbook, “Of the leading causes of death listed in Table 1-1, four are directly related to nutrition, and another – motor vehicle and other accidents – is related to drinking alcohol” (Sizer & Whitney, 2014, p. 3).  Expanding on the information from the quote above, please provide a comprehensive response to the following statements:

  • Analyze why nutrition is important and how it impacts physical and mental health as well as increases our risk for disease if inadequate diets are consumed.
  • Distinguish the six classes of nutrients (water, carbohydrates, fat, protein, vitamins, minerals) and explain how they individually and collectively help us to maintain our health status.
  • Discuss the five characteristics of a healthy diet and provide a dietary example for each.
  • Explain how nutrition is a science and how the scientific method is used in this field.
  • Summarize the four different types of studies (case, epidemiological, intervention, and laboratory studies) and explain the use of research in the development of dietary guidelines.
  • Appraise the six stages of behavior change and provide a diet-related example for each of the stages.

This assignment must be a minimum of three pages in length (excluding title and references

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