When you think of the word malnutrition, you think of starving and extreme poverty. But if you were to take the word for its literal meaning (the prefix mal meaning ‘faulty’ or ‘poor’), then dietary patterns which produce obesity and diet-related heart ailments like type 2 diabetes and cardiac arrest, fit into the description of poor or faulty nutrition just as well.
More than 1.9 billion adults over the world are overweight and obese, which is more than 4 times the statistics for malnourished people at 462 million. More than 1/3rd of the United States population is obese. The growing gap in high-income countries cast the largest shadow of undernourishment and rising obesity rates.
We shall take a look at what damage, poor nutrition can do and how ignoring it can no longer be done. A shift to plant-based diet is necessary and sticking to plant-based recipes is the need of the hour.
The Cost Of Lives Lost
A terrible diet ultimately causes death, much sooner than expected. Most of the death occurs as a result of unhealthy diets. The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) has come up with the statistics with the numbers rounded to the nearest thousand:
- Heart disease: 647,000
- Cancer: 599,000
- Accidents: 170,000
- Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 160,000
- Stroke: 146,000
- Alzheimer’s disease: 121,000
- Diabetes: 84,000
- Influenza and pneumonia: 56,000
- Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 51,000
- Suicide: 47,000
To a greater extent, what we put in ourselves plays a big part in most causes of death. Up to 90% of the heart disease death, 50% of stroke deaths and 70% of cancer deaths can all be prevented if sound nutritional advice is followed. And, it is accepted across the medical community that type 2 diabetes can be altogether prevented if you have good nutrition.
Even the causes of death that don’t look connected to nutrition needs to be looked at closer. Accidental drug overdose and suicides are considered as the “deaths of despair”, and are linked to the psychological damage caused by being unwell, confused on how to take care of oneself that spirals out of control and cause one to rely on addictive drugs to combat pain, both mental and physical. The web of nutrition-related diseases is right dab in the middle of this mess. As long as malnutrition is in play, it can be expected that the quality of life can be drained. Eating healthy does a lot more than you can comprehend…