1 A balanced diet

Summary of Section 1.2

  1. There is a need for a certain level of daily energy intake to allow the body to maintain its BMR, and to carry out work.
  2. Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is the chemical currency of energy used by the body and is produced from the metabolism of food.
  3. The body mass index or BMI indicates whether an adult is a healthy weight for their height.
  4. Inadequate nutrition is a huge problem globally. Anorexia nervosa is one example of inadequate nutrition seen in the UK.
  5. Obesity is an increasing problem in the western world and is associated with a number of other medical disorders, such as cardiovascular disease.