What is nutrition disorders? Nutritional disorders are caused by insufficient or excess intake of a given nutrient(s).

Some of the nutritional disorders are:-

  • Kwashiorkor
  • Marasmus
  • Scurvy
  • Goitre
  • Rickets
  • Osteomalacia

There are other nutritional disorders associated with lifestyles.

These include:-

  • Gout
  • Obesity
  • Anorexia nervosa



Definition of Terms

Food: This is any substance, liquid or solid that is taken into the body in order to maintain life and growth.

Food Nutrients: These are chemical components of food that serve a variety of functions in the body.

Nutrition: This is the process by which the body receives and uses the nutrients contained in food for different functions.

These include processes such as digestion, absorption and utilization of nutrients in the body.

Balanced Diet: This is a meal that contains all the nutrients in the right proportions.

Malnutrition: This refers to inadequate or excessive intake of nutrients.


Classification of Nutrients

By the end of the topic, you should be able to:

  1. i) Identify the common nutritional disorders.
  2. ii) Identify nutritional disorders associated with life styles.

It is important for one to eat good quality food and in sufficient quantities in order to maintain good health.

These are some terms that you may come across in this topic:


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