Food origins and what is in our food are actively being discussed. However, at the same time, we failed to focus on something more distinct such as eating disorder.
Eating disorder ranges from compulsive eating to intense starvation and are non-related to food availability or food processing issues that we used to see. It is a complex physiological and emotional state that causes one to starve or compulsively eat. Eating disorders include
These are few of the new terms towards eating disorder:
Many of us are not alert about the presence of eating disorder and moreover, to point it out for our friends and families. It is consider a lifestyle choices for a person on the amount of food they like to eat. It is rather an eating disorder that only works if the person themselves aware and seek for help. That is why I urge everyone to share this articles to everyone so that at the very least, our friends and families are aware of this.
I never really understand how habits are repeated that it became an eating disorder until I decided to read and write on eating disorder. There were strong desire for gain attention from others - through extreme starvation and extreme eating, that turns into a habit, that is extremely hard to change. The story of how starvation turns into extreme eating (aneroxia nervosa into bulimia nervosa). Patients take years to recover and some can't completely recover. It takes time, efforts and determination to walk out of eating disorder and they need our support.
Eating Disorder. Alive.com. Retrieved from http://www.alive.com/articles/view/23751/eating_disorders
As long as we are a social being, we are influenced by our environment and other's choices/decision.
On top of 'you are what you eat', we need to add in 'we are what our environment made us'.
Of course, there are certain . The degree of social influence that affects each and everyone of us. For example, food choices often gets better and healthier if others are watching, especially when eating with super healthy people. OR if you are along with those who care more towards fast food and processed foods, chances are you take a little bit of these foods and perhaps, long exposure towards these foods provide addiction.
Social influences are a huge factors in our choices. Unless you are a strict diet person such as vegan or vegetarians, it is likely you would be influenced in some ways.
I have a few tips to be persistent on your stand.
1. Always remember "You are responsible for what you eat". You decide but be responsible.
2. Limit the number of times you can break your rule. For example, only take chocolate twice a week. After all, we probably need a break.
3. Learn to say "No". Saying no is hard because I want to keep being courteous. It is also a matter of social pressure but if you really care for the cause, why not? That's how vegetarian get away from meat, if you need to memorize an example.
4. As much as you get influences from other, try reverting the order. Influence others about what you believe in. It is hard but challenge yourself. Bring good eating habit to others even it meant 1 person per month.
Remember, getting a diverse and variety food for diet are essential for health.
Copyright (c) 2014 Felicia Loo.
These quotes might look slightly familiar to you.
These fat reduction series are greatly influenced by our society. If there isn't a fat reduction campaign, we would surely be looking at high incidence of high fat consumption related disease such as cardiovascular disease, fatty liver disease or the more obvious, obesity. And so, how many of us did exactly, what fat reduction campaign asked us to do? Removing any possible fats found in our diet? Are you going to be healthier if you get rid of every single chance of having fat in our bodies?
The answer is definitely no. Fat exist in our diet for many reasons. Simply cutting out fats from our diet doesn't solve anything but create imbalance in our body. Fat functions as energy storage, keeping our body warm, protect our body organ and as a signaling components and hormones that our body cells listen to before reacting.
As our body cannot magically manufacture triglycerides, cholesterol and other essential fatty acids, taking insufficient fat make us vulnerable to cold temperature and slow body reflex system since the signaling component works so much slower.
The truth is we have this love-hate relationship with fats/oils. We love it because it is fat; it is making our foods turns amazingly tender and crispy. We hate fats as a girl because it made us look fat and unable to fit in our beautiful dresses. To spice it up, fat people are labelled obese or worse, fat person. That’s a no- no. Nutritionists and dietitians hate fat because of the disease causing properties of fat; eating too much allows for deposition of cholesterol in the arteries causing cardiovascular disease.
Fat reducing campaign didn't exactly tell you to ensure that you consume about 20-35% of fat from your total calories intake. That is ¼ of your diet. One reason that I can think of why the importance of fats are not highlighted apart from nutrition class (which most people do not like to attend) is that people are just having too much fats and perhaps, a strike of fear for fat consumption would aid lowering fats intake. Really is we are still looking at high consumption of fast food where fats and calories are the culprit that lead to obesity and cardiovascular disease that we have talked about.
We are lucky to have an on-going campaign where social fear of being labelled as fat, obese and the pride of being labelled having a great body figure comes into play, to spread that lowering fat intakes is a way to prevent and reduce obesity and cardiovascular disease.
Copyright (c) 2014 Felicia Loo.
Health supplements can be obtained without doctor's prescription. It is also known as over-the counter supplements.
We have heard of the incidence of lack of regulations toward these supplement products. If so, why is it still available vastly without the need for prescription drugs?
Sometimes, I can't help but to believe that our community actually does spend on these supplements. We believe that we need supplements to support our health. It is somewhat act as an alternative to drugs. Drugs are powerful relieve but it is not a complete cure. What a health supplement does is it modify our body function slowly by its lower dosage and acting power to improve and balance our body systems.
It is always amazing to see how people have adapt and learn how to pick up these natural health products from the counter, without the need to seek for professional advise. As my dad said, 'be our own doctor!" I am one of these people too -I am taking omega-3 fatty acids, EPO for my skin and multivitamins and minerals to supplement my daily nutrition needs.
Cautions, however needs to be taken while taking these natural health products as some of these product do have some side effects or might interfere with your medication. WebMD is a website that I want to share. The website provide the product information, function, side effect and caution. Omega-3 can help reduce risk of heart disease but many are not aware of its blood thinning effect. If you are looking to undergo surgery, it is advisable for you to stop omega-3 at least 2-3 months prior to the scheduled surgery to prevent excessive blood loss.
Supplements company doesn't necessary have chance to tell you this because it is likely that 90% of the user doesn't need surgery and the label space is limited. It is up to yourself, to learn about what you put into your mouth. The risk are there but it can be much lowered if you learn how to seek for information. So, book mark this website.
Have fun learning about these natural health product. Look up for tips that you can make the best out of supplementation, answering questions such as when is the best time for taking supplements and how much supplements is considered enough.
Copyright 2014 ©Felicia Loo
Many of us thoughts that poverty as the root cause of malnutrition. We were told to help the poor because they live on less than $30 a week while the $30 last us for 1-2 decent meals. $30 for 1 day of ours versus a week for them. The standard of living is getting higher and the cost of foods are booming up. What we used to afford, we need to fork more money out for the same items.
What are we left with? The cheaper food, the non-protein food especially carbohydrates in the form of starches. Starches are cheaper than meat products. Processed foods become an easy alternatives that seems cheaper because they contains more carbohydrates and less of the proteins. Junk food may be a cheap and fast alternatives to balance meals that are priced higher. Price influenced our food choices tremendously. When it come to choosing quantity versus quality, keeping ones full often turn into a priority. Quality and nutrition goes second. Some consumers doesn't even know or care about nutrients.
Poverty + Increase food prices = Hunger = Malnutrition ?
Is it true that the above equation leads to malnutrition? It might only if we are considering the consumers are making food choices based on their desired lifestyle; often easy to use, processed foods. The concept of nutritional science provided evidence that malnutrition does not occur with poverty and hunger. A person who can afford food can be a patient of malnutrition. It is a matter of lifestyle.
An obese person is not likely the one in hunger but they could suffer malnutrition at the same time. We as the society, try to assist people in poverty by providing monetary support and food bank aids but we failed to recognize that the obese person need more than hungry person. Why is so? Obesity brought more severe consequences for those who can afford to purchase foods while hunger limit the ability of a person to obtain sufficient food. The balance between hunger and obesity comes with lifestyle changes. Monetary support and food aids are momentarily help for the poor and food education is the key to modify lifestyle to provide variety of nutrients within ones capability.
Obese and having the money, is a bigger problem than hunger. Purchasing power is what stop the poor but it is what encourage the rich to be obese and malnutrition at the same time. How do you think about obesity as a malnutrition problem?
Did we forgot about these problem as we are too concern about the poor?
Copyright 2013 ©Felicia Loo