Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: April 21, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963855 | Print ISBN: 9781412941860 | Online ISBN: 9781412963855 | Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Andrew J. Waskey
Diet is what people eat. The consumption of food is necessary to maintain life. A balanced diet is one that includes sufficient quantities foods with carbohydrates for energy, meats for proteins, calcium such as milk for bones, vegetables and fruits for minerals and vitamins. A balanced diet is one that supplies healthy foods in appropriate quantities. A casual, unplanned eating of whatever someone wants without regard to portions or to calorie expenditures is a diet that likely includes too much food or that is unbalanced can have negative consequences. One of these is that overeating can cause weight gains. While full weight is a sign of good health, it is possible for a person with an unbalanced diet to be at their full weight and still be less than the best of health. This can happened because an unbalanced diet can cause weight and poor health at the same time. ...