Carnival for tea,breakfast and dinner

All I do is think about Carnival !!! Join me on the road to carnival 2k7

Location: Arima, Trinidad & Tobago

I love Carnival!!. Trinidad's carnival! Once a year my senses rejoice at the opportunity to douse my soul with intoxicating soca music, shed my cares and fears, and temporarily transfer my spirit into the mas. (S. Drakes)

Friday, October 13, 2006

Factors affecting food intake

Eating is a complex behavior controlled by a variety of psychosocial, metabolic and physiological factors.

Psychosocial factors (a learned response to food)

Like hunger, appetite initiates eating, but it differs in that hunger is physiological, whereas appetite is psychological. The two do not always coincide. A person may experience appetite without hunger, for example me when presented with the cake from Arjoon and the cake from the meeting. ( I love cake !!).

Physiological factors (an inborn instinct)

People roughly eat meals at four hour intervals the stomach is ideally designed to handle periodic batched of food. When the stomach is empty the hunger message is delivered to initiate eating. Hunger is also triggered by gastric contraction and the absence of nutrient in the small intestines.

The body seems to be able to adapt its hunger response to accommodate changes in energy intake. People who restrict their energy intakes may feel pangs of hunger for the first few days, but these sensations diminish with time. After the body has adapted to a lower energy intake, eating a large, energy-rich meal makes the person uncomfortable. People can adapt to eating excessive amounts of food as well. Consequently the person may experience less satiety after a normal meal.

Satiety is defined as the feeling of satisfaction and fullness that food brings. Most normal people stop eating when they feel full or satisfied. Satiety occurs in response to gastric distention, nutrients in the small intestine and Gastro intestinal hormones. Over riding the signals of satiety could contribute to over eating.

Emotional factors
Eating can be triggered by signals other than hunger or appetite > Some people experience food cravings when they are bored or anxious. In fact they may eat in response to any kind of stress, negative or positive. Some people respond to external stimuli such as the time of day ‘’ it’s time to eat’’ or the availability, sight and taste of food. I am a victim to all off the above emotional factors. While some people eat in response to stress other just cannot eat during these times, not me I just love to eat. What factors affect u?


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