The importance of Diet and Nutrition

In addition to energy expenditure, a key component of healthy living regards energy consumption – we are what we eat.

The American lifestyle portrayed to the rest of the world on theatre and TV screens and in exported products is one of fast food consumption of high calorie, densely-packed carbohydrate and animal products. For the past 30 years, Americans have realized a growing epidemic of obesity in adults and children. A U.N. study released in November 2017 identified that 30% of American adults are obese. The incidence of obesity in children aged 6-19 has tripled since the 1970s, with approximately 20% of these children now obese, which is defined as more than 20% overweight.

Consequently, there is a growing epidemic of diabetes in the United States and elsewhere in the world. The same survey of obesity in the world found the Polynesian islanders as having the highest rates of obesity, with 40% of adults now obese. Now is the time for the BYU-Hawaii community to better understand healthy eating foods, diet, and portion control. Take a look at the following:

Understanding Nutrition: Eat Smart for a Healthy Heart


Nutrition Pyramid