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Nutrition and Obesity
Believe it or not, individuals who are overweight or obese are often malnourished! Although individuals who have excess body fat typically consume high calorie diets, this does not automatically mean that their bodies are taking in the necessary nutrients and vitamins needed for optimal function and health.
Although many people tend to assume that individuals who are thin or underweight are malnourished, there are a rising number of obese and overweight individuals who need to begin boosting their nutritional intake with healthier and more effective food options.
Essential Foods and Nutrients
The human body essentially needs to take in 6 core fuel sources:
While a high-calorie diet may include an excess of fat, carbs, and proteins, these categories contain a myriad of nutrient-deficient foods.
Examples of nutrient deficient fats include food such as:
- Deep fried proteins / meats
- Fatty desserts, such as heavy creams or ice cream
Examples of nutrient deficient proteins include food such as:
- High fat meat products, such as hamburgers or cheeseburgers
- Sugar coated protein snacks, such as chemically enhanced peanut butters or candy-coated peanuts / nuts
Examples of nutrient deficient carbohydrates include foods such as:
- White / refined carbs
- White pasta
- White rice
- Cereals (that are not whole grain)
By taking in an excess of nutrient deficient food choices, the body begins to lack the essential vitamins and minerals that are necessary for maintaining all of the body’s necessary systems and processes.
The Importance of Vitamins and Minerals
The human body requires small amounts of vitamins in order to assist in essential organic and cellular chemical reactions. By taking in a variety of vitamins, such as A, D, E, and K, the body becomes more able to rid itself of harmful chemicals and toxins. Additionally, each unique vitamin may promote greater and more focused enhancements. For example, Vitamin B has been shown to boost a consumer’s mood, energy, and metabolism.
In addition to vitamins, minerals are also required for greater health and physical wellbeing. Minerals allow the body to regulate its various processes, as minerals also help maintain the health and production of components such as:
- Consequences of Malnutrition
By consuming a diet that is void of nutritional value, individuals can begin to experience a variety of health complications, consequences, and diseases. Examples of nutrient-deficient diseases include:
- Slow metabolism / increased inability to lose weight
- Headaches, grogginess
- Sleeplessness or restlessness
- Increased risks of various forms of cancer
- Increased risk of inflammation complications
- Unstable moods / increased mood swings
- Unbalanced hormone levels
- Fertility complications