Week 3, Discussion Question 2
What factors influencing nutritional practices in the United States could be changed to improve health?
Nutritional practices in United States is influenced by many factors. The main reason why we eat is because of hunger, but the food we eat should meet the nutritional requirements in the body. Nutritional practices are affected by biological, economical, physical, social, and psychological determinants as well as individual beliefs, attitudes and knowledge about foods. Changing these factors can substantially improve the health of a given population. Economic and physical factors are the major factors that affect nutritional practices. Cost of foods determines the type of foods consumed in United States (Caswell 2013). Cost depends on an individual and the social and economic status of an individual. People who have low incomes tend to eat unbalanced food diets and especially low fruit and vegetable intake.