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Tutor profile: Ryan L.

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Ryan L.
Clinical Dietitian and Wellness Specialist
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Subject: Nutrition

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Question:

Discuss cultural considerations when discussing weight and weight loss with clients; mention two barriers to weightloss in the US.

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Our cultural background is one of the key filters through which we perceive, and interact with, life. Our cultural background also, importantly and of relevance to the question of weight and weight loss, affects our perception of physical beauty. Though the practice of dietetics and human nutrition is based on science, especially in reference to the concept of BMI (Body Mass Index), and though in Westernised civilisations we have largely accepted a healthy weight range to relate to a BMI of 20 - 24.9kg/m2, we cannot conclude that it is as easy for other cultures to assume this norm. For many cultures and sub-cultural groups for example certain tribes of sub-saharan Africa, as well as Sumo-wrestlers of Japan, a weight range relating to an overweight or obese class BMI classification if often viewed as not only acceptable, but indeed preferable. It is thus important to be respectful when broaching the concept of weightloss, and most especially when counselling those not familiar with western cultural norms, even those that have a scientific backing. In addition to having a different perceptual starting basis, different cultures comprise speciality foods that are a regular part of their normal diet. It is thus important to research these cultures to understand these preferences when tailor-making a meal plan for such clients, ensuring to encorporate foods that are either beneficial or neutral in achieving the desired weightloss goals, and identifying and eliminating those foods and dietary habits that are detrimental to achieving the client's health and weightloss goals. This must obviously be done with a gentle explanation to the client to educate them on your proposed diet plan and your elimination of foods that they would usually be accustommed to including in their diet. The US is a cosmopolitan country with many cultural groups. It also has a fast-food culture that crosses many cultural boundaries. One of the biggest barriers to weightloss in our (the USA's) culture is the need for convenience and the disdain for things which take time. Food preparation is key to weightloss, and encouraging your client's to "slow down" their daily routine in order to make healthy food choices may very well prove to be a most difficult barrier. School and workplace cafeteria's where high calorie unhealthy food options are ubiquitously available and where healthy options are less so, can also prove a challenge to the willpower of any client attempting to lose weight.

Subject: Basic Math

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Question:

Factor the algebraic expression x^3 + y^3 + z^3 - 3xyz

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Answer:

x^3 + y^3 + z^3 - 3*x*y*z = (x + y + z) (x^2 - x y + y^2 - x z - y z + z^2)

Subject: English as a Second Language

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Did you have any problems ________ our house? 1) to find 2) finding 3) find 4) for finding

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2) finding

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