THE BODY relies on the nutrients it
gets from food to keep it running smoothly and in good health. In today's
society, the abundance of overprocessed, high-calorie, low-nutrient foods is
responsible for a range of illnesses and diseases. Although a lack of food and
nutrition is commonly associated with poor diet-related illnesses,
overconsumption is just as much of a problem.
Coronary heart disease is a
narrowing of the blood vessels that carry oxygen and blood to the heart. People
who eat too much animal fat, especially saturated fat, are at risk of coronary
heart disease, as consuming too much fat causes the excess to block the
passageways of blood and oxygen to the heart.
Blood pressure is a measure of the
force of blood produced by the heart as well as the condition of the arteries.
When an individual has high blood pressure, undue stress and strain is being
placed upon the heart to enable it to pump blood throughout the body. Foods
that are high in sodium and saturated fats, as well as a lack of adequate
hydration in the diet, can all lead to high blood pressure.
Type 2 diabetes is a disorder in
which the blood has too much glucose in it that the body cannot process.
Diabetes is often caused by diets that are too high in calories and sugar.
Because poor nutrition causes the
immune system to be weakened, a poor diet can often prohibit the body from
fighting off certain types of cancers. Those individuals who do not get enough
vitamins and nutrients in their food are at risk of cancer caused by immune
Obesity is a common problem in
today's society, in which inactivity and poor diet is rampant. Foods that are
high in sugar and saturated fats lead to obesity, which can open the door to a
number of other diseases, including heart problems and diabetes.