One Bite at a Time: Similarities and Differences in Eating

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One Bite at a Time: Similarities and Differences in Eating

The human body is capable of changing and growing in different ways for the duration of a person's lifetime. Whether it is growing five inches in one year, winning the spelling bee, or growing relationships with co- workers, people change in more ways than just one. People never stop changing physically, emotionally, intellectually or socially their entire lives. Although everyone changes in different ways and at different times, there are similarities involved too. To portray this idea, I observed how three different females used a fork to eat food. Not only were they all female, but they were all different ages as well. I observed a little girl who was around the age of two or three, a middle aged woman who was around the age of 30 to 35, and an elderly woman who was approximately 80 years of age.

The span in age allows one to see the differences in motor development as age progresses.

Similarities and differences were evident among the three different age groups regarding the upper body. The child was the most entertaining to watch. The child used her entire right hand to hold and control the fork. According to an article published in the Pediatric Rehabilitation Journal, dexterity and performance increases with age because the arms are used more in the activities of daily living and school activities (Duger et al.,1999). With this being said, holding the fork that way is probably the easiest way for the child to eat due to the lack of fine motor skills not yet developed that are needed to hold a fork properly. A study done by the Psychology Department at the University of Texas believes that little aspects like this are not learned in school, but...