Nutrition, weight, body image, weight stigma, and health are all interrelated. We know nutrition plays a key role in our health. Getting adequate nutrients (calories, micro-, and macronutrients) are all necessary for us to be well and thrive. We frequently discuss nutrition in the context of physical health and we’ve created an unquestioned connection between weight and health. Broadening the scope of our understanding of health and what it means to be healthy, we’re beginning to learn more about weight and health, we’re expanding how we define health, and we are recognizing that weight is complex, that weight should not be used as a sole measure of health, and that weight is not a behavior. We’re also understanding the significant impact weight stigma plays in health outcomes.
Review Chapters 13-15 of your text as well as the supplemental resources within the module on dieting, body image, & weight stigma,
For this discussion board, answer the following questions. This discussion may be different than how you’re accustomed to discussing weight & health. I encourage you to question what you think you know and how you acquired that knowledge. Reflect on the questions and think about what you may have experienced and/or witnessed yourself and how that aligns with conventional thinking about weight and health.
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What do you feel is important for children and adolescents to know about nutrition? Explain why.What has the “fight against obesity” achieved? What do you feel have been some of the outcomes of this focus (negative, positive, neutral)?What are your thoughts on weight stigma and how it may be affecting our individual as well as societal health?What role does body image play in our physical as well as mental health?What role do social determinants of health playing as in concerns weight, body image, nutrition, and health?How can you as a future public health practitioner and health educator use what you know about nutrition, weight, weight stigma, and body image to positively influence your own health as well as the health of others?
Support your statements with academic resources. You must appropriately cite these sources using APA format.