Introduction  
  What is food?  
  What happens to the food we eat?  
Our nutrient needs  
  Energy balance  
  Nutritional status
  Laws & labels  
  Additives & colours  
  Toxicity in food  
  Processing food  
  Stability of food nutrients  
  Storage life of foods  
  Food- associated health problems  


- Nutritional Status -

ASSESSING YOUR OWN NUTRITIONAL STATUS

An overall assessment of your nutritional status can be made by the methods shown in Figure 16 and Figure 17. (You may find it helpful to refer to the introductory section of the Food Charts.)

You should be able to get an indication of whether you are consuming too much or not enough of any particular nutrient. However, this exercise is designed to help you learn about a healthy diet rather than be an exact guide. If you want to know precisely, or suspect a health problem is due to nutrient deficiency or excess, you should consult a doctor.

Figure 16 shows three ways by which you can assess your nutritional status; you can then decide from Figure 17 whether you are 'too fat'.

 

Food Facts
Assessing your own nutritional status
- Water balance
- Special nutritional situations
- Medications
- Sugars and health
- Diet and lifestyle
Figures:
16: Several ways to assess your nutritional status
17: Are you too fat?
18: Water input and output
19: Nutritional needs of particular health conditions
20: Some medications that may increase nutritional needs
21: Dietary intake and culture or lifestyle
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