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Homework Help: Nutrition

Posted by Jessica on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 11:16pm.

Read this summary and then answer the questions.

This is Tyler's freshman year in college, and he has been earning good grades and performing well in his part-time job. However, Tyler's eating habits have been poor, and has gained a few pounds. His expanded waistline is making his trousers fit pretty tightly. His daily routine holds clues to his recent weight gain.

Tyler begins each morning about 9:00 a.m. when he hurriedly dresses and rushes to class without eating breakfast. He does however drink a 20-oz. cola each morning for caffeine and sugar energy. All day he sits in classes or studies in the library. About four in the afternoon Tyler takes a break for some food, and he usually heads to the food court and gets a large order of chicken wings with extra spicy hot sauce. He doesn't have much time though, so he rushes through the meal, drinks another large cola, and is off to work. Tyler has a job as a waiter in a popular campus restaurant.

When the restaurant closes, Tyler heads home in his car. He usually stops to get some dinner, even though it is 11:30 p.m. He typically picks up a large pepperoni pizza that he consumes in one sitting. Sometimes, he follows the pizza with handfuls of cookies that he eats while lying down on the couch and watching late night television. Lately, he finds it difficult to fall asleep though. Tyler has been experiencing heartburn and acid reflux at night. His stomach makes some atrocious noises, and he's been feeling bloated. Tyler has tried getting up and taking antacids, but he still suffers indigestion. Recently, a friend, who has noticed Tyler's odd stomach noises and hiccupping through class, suggested Tyler do something about his diet. At first he ignored the advice, but now his stomach pains are getting so bad he is willing to try anything.

After another painful night's sleep, Tyler wakes up early, goes to the bakery, and buys two bran muffins for breakfast, thinking this is the start of his new healthy diet. To Tyler's surprise this only makes him feel worse. He suffers horrible cramps, and later that day is forced to run to the bathroom with diarrhea. The worst part for Tyler occurred when he was sitting in English class and flatulence hit. Poor Tyler turned bright red and decided it was time to take the rest of the day off and go home.

When he got back to his room, the phone rang. It was Tyler's grandma. He mentioned he wasn't feeling too well, and Grandma, who lived nearby, came over with chicken noodle soup made with carrots and celery and lots of broth. The two had a leisurely meal together, sitting and talking at the table for hours. Tyler ate one small bowl of soup and placed the leftovers in the refrigerator for later. He then got a good night sleep, and woke up the next day feeling much better. Once again, his fast-paced lifestyle plunged him back into previous eating patterns. On the way to his first morning class, Tyler was drinking a 20-oz. cola.


1.Name the symptoms Tyler was experiencing initially and describe the probable causes of his ailments.

2.Tyler took antacids. Was this a good idea? Why or why not?

3.After adding bran muffins to his diet, Tyler felt worse. Why is this?

4.After Tyler's grandma visited, and they ate some chicken soup together, Tyler felt much better. Why might this be?

5.Tyler experiences the unpleasant and embarrassing consequence of poor nutrition while in English class. What was the cause of this and how can Tyler cure this problem for the future?

6.What advice would you give Tyler about his eating habits?

7.What do you think the long-term consequences of Tyler's eating habits might be?

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