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Nyam News January Nos. 1 & 2, 2007 - Eating to live or living to eat:

Why do we eat? Do we eat only because we are hungry, or do we eat for other reasons? In fact, the reason we eat is not just governed by hunger, but there are many other factors that drive us to eat. Here, we examine some key factors that influence our eating behaviours which ultimately determine if we eat to live or live to eat.

Nyam News Jan 1 & 2, 2007 

We all need food to survive.

Food supplies us with energy

necessary for carrying out basic

physiological processes that keep

us alive. We also use this energy

to carry out activities for daily

living.

Food intake – how often, how

much and what to eat – is

controlled by several factors.

These include:

the body's control system,

including the nervous

system, hormones, and

stomach;

environmental influences,

e.g., food availability, climate,

etc;

emotional factors, e.g. stress,

mood, perceptions;

social influences, e.g. culture,

religion;

health status, e.g. chronic

disease, mental illness;

medication, e.g. appetite

suppressing drugs;

sensory aspects, e.g. taste,

texture and smell of the food.

 
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