Factors that Influence Amounts and Types of Food Eaten
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Physical factors
    -climate, weather
    -physical surroundings (e.g., temperature, lighting, furnishings, decor, sounds)
    -types of food available
    -types and amount of preparation needed
    -accessibility of food (e.g., location, transportation, packaging, storage and preparation facilities, eating utensils, size and of food pieces, consistency and amount of chewing needed)
    -scheduling or daily routine (e.g., occupation, institutional schedules)

Biological factors
    -physical ability
    -amount of physical activity
    -presence of disease or unusual condition
    -sensory functioning (taste, smell, vision, hearing)
    -dental status
    -medications
    -alcohol consumption
    -smoking

Social factors
    -amount and quality of social interaction
    -cultural, religious, and ethnic customs
    -language barriers
    -attempting to indicate status
    -seeking group identity or social approval

Psychological factors
    -displaying approval, conformity, disapproval, or rebellion
    -controlling or manipulating people or situations
    -being rewarded or punished
    -expressing creativity, accomplishment, or skill through food preparation
    -intelligence, education, and literacy
    -habit
    -taste preferences
    -use of flavorings to enhance taste and aroma
    -emotional status
    -mental status
    -amount of stress

Economic factors
    -economic status
    -cost
    -occupation
    -advertisements

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