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HCS308: Introduction to Nutritional Concepts

HCS308 Week 4 – Discussion 1

Week 4 – Discussion 1

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Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

  Overweight, Underweight, and Obesity

On a daily basis, we can witness individuals with too little or too much body weight. While the latter has become a more common occurrence over the past years, both scenarios cause concerns for our health – short-term and long-term.

  • Chapter 9 of your course text defines the following terms: underweight, overweight, and obese.  Explain the implications of each of these conditions on our health. What are the health risks of having too little body fat, and conversely, what are the risks of having too much body weight? 
  • Using Figure 9-2 from Chapter 9 of the course text as a reference, explain how mortality is impacted by underweight and overweight status. What preventive measures can we take to prevent underweight and overweight issues in our society and maintain a healthy body weight? 
  • Report two actions or programs, that your community or state has implemented to address underweight, overweight, and/or obesity.

Your initial contribution should be 250 to 300 words in length. Your research and claims must be supported by your course text and a minimum of one additional scholarly source. Use proper APA formatting for in-text citations and references as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

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