Distinguish the six classes of nutrients (water, carbohydrates, fat, protein, vitamins, minerals) and explain how they individually and collectively help us to maintain our health status.

As noted in the textbook, “Of the leading causes of death listed in Table 1-1, four are directly related to nutrition, and another – motor vehicle and other accidents – is related to drinking alcohol” (Sizer & Whitney, 2014, p. 3).  Expanding on the information from the quote above, please provide a comprehensive response to the following statements:

  • Analyze why nutrition is important and how it impacts physical and mental health as well as increases our risk for disease if inadequate diets are consumed.
  • Distinguish the six classes of nutrients (water, carbohydrates, fat, protein, vitamins, minerals) and explain how they individually and collectively help us to maintain our health status.
  • Discuss the five characteristics of a healthy diet and provide a dietary example for each.
  • Explain how nutrition is a science and how the scientific method is used in this field.
  • Summarize the four different types of studies (case, epidemiological, intervention, and laboratory studies) and explain the use of research in the development of dietary guidelines.
  • Appraise the six stages of behavior change and provide a diet-related example for each of the stages.

This assignment must be a minimum of three pages in length (excluding title and references pages) in APA format. Include a minimum of two scholarly sources cited according to APA format.

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