Consequences of an Unhealthy Food Regime
A person who eats a steady diet of junk food is said to have an unhealthy diet. Since the human body is much like a car engine, if, instead of, unleaded gasoline which the car engine was built to run on, you put in diesel fuel, the car will cough, sputter, and run badly until its early demise on the side of the road somewhere. The same thing can happen to your body, as it was built to nutrients obtained from whole food and not on junk food that is loaded with empty calories, fat and has little or no nutritional value.
What Is Junk Food?
Junk food is any pre-packaged and pre-processed food that is rich in salt, sugar and calories, but, low in nutrients, vitamins and minerals. This is what most people eat as a staple these days. What results is systematic starvation of our bodies at a cellular level. We are often overweight and our stomachs feel full, but our cells do not receive the nutrients, vitamins and minerals they desperately need to work efficiently, repair, regenerate and fight disease and infection.
Effects of Eating an Unhealthy Diet
The first consequence of an unhealthy diet is obesity. Since pre-processed and ready-to-eat food contains a lot of fat and sugar, we tend to plump up when our diet is heavy on processed foods. Obesity triggers a lot of negative health consequences. For one, the fat layers that we store around our middle usually also envelops our organs. This is called visceral fat.
The fat in our blood, in and around our organs and around our middle make us sluggish and low in energy. So we feel easily tired.
The fat also affects the endocrine system. It stifles and/or increases the body’s production of hormones.
This brings us to the second consequence of having an unhealthy diet – hormonal imbalance. Any imbalance in the secretion of hormones affects mood, energy levels, temperament and the subtle working of our organs. Is it any wonder, then, that there is an increase in the prevalence and incidence of depression, anxiety and substance abuse?
Hormones affect the way our heart behaves, literally. Our heart rate, our breathing rate, the speed at which we digest our food are all triggered and run by our hormones.
So if the hormonal balance goes out of balance, we experience a rise in our blood pressure, our heart rate and we have difficulty digesting and absorbing the food we eat. Even our sleeping and waking patterns are dictated in part by hormonal levels in our brains.
The third consequence of having an unhealthy diet is an increased risk of developing lifestyle diseases. You may have heard how the so called “lifestyle” diseases are also on the rise. People as young as 25 experience their first heart attack or stroke. They get diagnosed with diabetes, gall stones, kidney stones, asthma, hypertension and other autoimmune diseases.
Autoimmune diseases are those where the body’s defences attack its own healthy cells. Examples of autoimmune diseases are multiple sclerosis, rheumatism and lupus erythematosus.
Low Birth Weight
Women of child bearing age and even pregnant women who have a steady diet of unhealthy food runs the risk of giving birth to children with low birth weight. Some scientists have theorized that the rise in incidence of autism, ADHD and other developmental disabilities may be caused in part by the abundance of preservatives in the processed food we consume, a well a trace amounts of herbicides and pesticides in the fresh food we eat.
Research evidence will confirm much later on whether the prevalence of diseases in our society can be attributed in large part to our unhealthy diet. One thing is sure –we are what we eat. When we eat junk, we become the junk we eat, sooner or later.
What Is Binge Eating and Its Effects On Your Health
While overeating on occasion is not going to hurt you, binge eating can have negative effects on your health. If you find yourself eating out of control, you may be a victim of binge eating disorder, which is not good for your health. Those with binge eating disorder often have feelings of depression, guilt, and disgust with themselves. Binge eating has adverse effects on your health and it doesn’t have to be this way if you can get a handle on your eating behaviors.
Symptoms of Binge Eating Disorder
Binge eating disorder is extremely common. There are three main features to the disease.
Signs of a Binge Eating Disorder
If you have binge eating disorder, you may be ashamed of yourself and embarrassed by your eating behaviors. You may try to hide your eating pattern and instead eat secretively. This can make it difficult for loved ones to recognize you are sick. Binge eaters look like everyone else. Most binge eaters have a normal body mass index; however, some are obese or overweight.
Things your family might look for in terms of behavioral symptoms in order to tell if you have binge eating disorder include the following:
Emotional signs of compulsive overeating or binge eating include the following:
Binge Eating Disorder Include the Following Risks
Biological Risk Factors
These are the biological effects that can contribute to eating too much. The hypothalamus (which controls appetite) may not be send you the right messages about fullness and hunger. There appears to be a genetic mutation that may be behind some people’s binge eating disorder that results in their compulsive overeating behaviors.
Psychological Risk Factors
There is a strong link to binge eating and depression. Many binge eaters are either depressed or have been depressed in the past. Other binge eaters may have difficulty controlling their impulses and cannot adequately express their feelings. Not being satisfied with your body and the way it looks, feelings of loneliness and social isolation and low self-esteem are all issues that can result in binge eating.
Cultural and Social Risk Factors
There may be social pressure to be skinny that can add to the shame that a binge eater feels that adds to their emotional overeating. Sometimes, parents contribute to binge eating by using food to reward, dismiss, or comfort their children. Kids who are constantly criticized about their weight and their bodies are prone to binge eating.
The bottom line is that binge eating disorder leads to an array of social, physical, and emotional issues. Those with binge eating problems often have more health problems, such as suicidality, difficulty sleeping, stress, and issues around their physical health.
Help is available, and it is critical for both your physical and psychological health to get professional help as soon as possible by talking to a qualified professional today.
Sugary Snacks Risk Factors
No matter how wrong we know it is, we sometimes can’t help gorging on another sugary snack, or a greasy hamburger, or a bowl of nachos. We’re hungry, we’ve had a rough day, and only the most fatty, salty, sugar-coated food is going to save us.
It’s no problem because we’ll start on the health train again tomorrow. However, when tomorrow comes, we find that we’re snacking on yet another chocolate bar. Is this really a problem? You bet it is. Because while an apple a day is enough to keep the doctor away, a few Twinkies a day is enough to get them knocking on your door.
How Junk Food is Affecting Your Body
Junk Food Can Cause Diabetes
You might have heard all about the alarming diabetes epidemic in the western world, and how 1 in 10 American adults have type-2 diabetes. You might think that it won’t happen to you, and that it’s all down to genetics. However, while genetics plays a role in determining who gets diabetes and who doesn’t, your diet plays just as key a role.
A healthy diet maintains a proper supply of glucose, which is needed to retain insulin sensitivity. By eating sugary snacks each day, you’re undoing all your good work, and consequently you’re preventing your body from properly using insulin. Over time, this can give rise to diabetes.
Junk Food Causes Digestive Issues
One of the common complaints faced by doctors is indigestion. Moreover, the most common reason for indigestion is poor diet rich in fatty foods.
The more fat in the meals and snacks you consume, the more susceptible you will be to digestive issues, such as irritable bowel syndrome and gastro-esophageal reflux disease.
This is because the oil found in junk food attaches itself to the walls of your stomach lining, and thereby boosts the production of acid.
Junk Food Causes Depression
Many of us go to see a doctor when we develop symptoms of depression. Although we aren’t aware of it at the time, our physical symptoms are actually a result of mental illness. Moreover, a common contributory factor to depression is a diet that is rich in junk food.
Junk food causes hormonal swings that lead to mood changes and feelings of profound anxiety. Lacking any kind of essential nutrients, junk food sends bad fats around your body - and to your brain.
A healthy diet, meanwhile, helps to maintain hormonal balance.
Junk Food Improves the Risk of Heart Disease
Like diabetes, cases of heart disease are on the rise in America and elsewhere in the western world. One of the reasons for this is because of our reliance on an unhealthy diet. Junk food is rich in bad fats that boost bad cholesterol levels in your blood. This can cause heart disease, as well as sudden increases in your blood sugar levels.
Junk food also weakens your blood vessels, damages their lining, and causes chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation is particularly bad because it means bad cholesterol has a better chance of sticking to the walls of your arteries. This in turn blocks blood flow to your heart.
Junk Food Can Damage Your Liver
When people think of liver disease, they often ascribe it to alcohol. However, there is such a thing as non-alcoholic liver disease, which is caused by diet.
Consumed over a long enough time, junk food can adversely affect your liver, preventing it from doing its proper job. In addition, once your liver is compromised, so too is your whole system. You will know about it.