The Effects of Poor Nutrition on Your Health


Poor nutrition is harmful to physical and emotional well-being. Many chronic diseases can result from a poor diet.

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A diet poor in nutrition jeopardizes your health. It increases your risk of conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, obesity, high blood pressure, osteoporosis and cancer.

Hamburgers and fries are high in fat and will jeopardize your health
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Poor nutrition also affects your thinking processes and the way that your body functions generally. It can result in increased body fat, slower mental problem solving, lower core strength, slower muscle response time and decreased alertness.

Poor nutrition can affect mental problem solving and slower muscle response time
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Poor nutrition is also the leading contributor to the development of gout. This is a painful condition of the joints that can result in permanent damage. It is caused by an accumulation of uric acid.

Joint damage can be caused by poor nutrition
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Aside from chronic diseases, other ailments like depression, eating disorders, stress and fatigue are often associated with poor nutrition.

Poor nutrition can lead to  obesity and other eating disorders
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It is especially harmful for children to be deprived of nutrition in their developing years. According to researchers at the University of Southern California, malnutrition in the first few years of life leads to destructive behaviors like aggressive and anti-social traits throughout childhood and late-adolescence. Furthermore, a poor diet can impair a child's neural development, which leads to a lower IQ.

Children must have a proper diet of healthy food to maintain developmental growth and neural development
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