Healthy Eating Essay

2423 Words Jun 7th, 2008 10 Pages
Are there benefits to healthy eating? There are certain benefits and important reasons for eating healthy. Eating healthy allows the body to feel better so that the number of visits to the doctor’s office or far and few between and a better quality of life can be enjoyed. Eating healthy can also prevent certain diseases and illnesses. This paper will discuss the benefits of healthy eating, controlling diabetes and prevention of diseases and illnesses.
What are the some of the benefits feeling better? Feeling better promotes a healthy lifestyle that can be enjoyed by exercising and taking advantage of activities not regularly participated in because of the way the body feels. Feeling better will boost your energy level. This means
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"Eating healthy foods provides your body with energy, strengthen your immune system and improve your ability to stay fit" (Segal, 2000).
Show is a Body Mass Index Chart to serve as a guide for weigh control:
Body Mass Index (BMI)
Body mass index, or BMI, is a new term to most people. However, it is the measurement of choice for many physicians and researchers studying obesity. BMI uses a mathematical formula that takes into account both a person's height and weight. BMI equals a person's weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared. (BMI=kg/m2). (Bray& Gray, 1988)
Risk of Associated Disease According to BMI and Waist Size
BMI Waist less than or equal to
40 in. (men) or
35 in. (women) Waist greater than
40 in. (men) or
35 in. (women)
18.5 or less Underweight -- N/A
18.5 - 24.9 Normal -- N/A
25.0 - 29.9 Overweight Increased High
30.0 - 34.9 Obese High Very High
35.0 - 39.9 Obese Very High Very High
40 or greater Extremely Obese Extremely High Extremely High
Determining Your Body Mass Index (BMI)
The table below has already done the math and metric conversions. To use the table, find the appropriate height in the left-hand column. Move across the row to the given weight. The number at the top of the column is the BMI for that height and weight. Or, use our BMI calculator. (Bray & Gray, 1988)
BMI
(kg/m2) 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 35 40
Height
(in.) Weight (lb.)
58 91 96 100 105 110 115 119 124 129 134 138 143 167 191

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