The Health Effects of a Bad Diet

Unhealthy eating can lead to a plethora of health problems. An unhealthy diet is a major risk factor for a number of chronic diseases, obesity and nutritional deficiencies.

Nutritional deficiencies may seem unlikely if we over eat, however, although we may be overfed we may still undernourished if we eat badly. When we eat plenty of food it is often high calorie processed foods that have been stripped of their nutrients. While these foods may be delicious and help us fill and feel satisfied in the short term, it often lacks the nutrients our body needs to stay healthy. Most vitamins and minerals are found in whole foods, such as fruits, vegetables and lean meats, which most of us are neglecting. A lack of these foods in our diets can lead to nutritional deficiencies.

Obesity is probably the most common and obvious health effect of a bad diet. With the increasing amounts of unhealthy foods, obesity resulting amongst adults and kids is no surprise. Over 35 percent of adults and 15 percent of children are obese. Obesity increases our risk of developing major health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Other health effects of poor nutrition include, stress, tiredness and our capacity to work. More concerning effects can be:

  • liver disease
  • kidney failure
  • tooth decay
  • osteoporosis
  • some cancers &
  • depression

Tips to improve your diet; it’s easier than you think:
1. Include a variety of healthy foods from each main food group.
2. Make sure you get enough fibre
3. Aim for 1 to 2 serves of fruit and 5 to 7 serves of vegetables each day
4. Limit sugary, fatty or salty food, to small amounts and in moderation
5. Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water and limiting sugary drinks

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