According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), chronic diseases are diseases that go on for a year or more and usually require ongoing medical attention or limit activities of daily living or both. Six in ten adults in the United States have a chronic disease and four in ten adults have two or more. Chronic illnesses are mainly associated with poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, excessive alcohol consumption, and tobacco use. Among the aforementioned causes, an unhealthy diet is the most common cause of chronic diseases (Whatnall, 2016).
Over-eating foods that are too; milky, sugared, greasy, fatty, spicy, or taking too much alcohol, and not exercising enough puts a person at the risk of developing lifelong diseases. Diet-related chronic illnesses like diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, cancer, and cardiovascular disease are the most prevalent causes of death in most countries in the world. High sugar and fat diets are the root causes of cardiac dysfunctions, decreased insulin sensitivity (diabetes), and worsened asthma symptoms (Fransen, 2017).
A good and healthy diet is necessary for not only the physical but also the mental well-being of a person. An unhealthy diet could result in redundancy and a general decrease in a person’s total productivity. Experts advise on eating a balanced diet, drinking a lot of water, and eating foods with high fiber content to aid; digestion, detoxification, and rejuvenating the body hence increases the body’s immunity.
Campaigns promoting proper dietary and general internal hygiene help inform people about how they can take care of their bodies by just eating right and exercising. A scholarly man once said that too much of anything is poisonous. He said that anything is okay but only when taken in moderate amounts. They say prevention is better than cure; a cure might exist but it might be too late before one gets it.
Fransen, H. P., Boer, J., Beulens, J. W., De Wit, G. A., Bueno-de-Mesquita, H. B., Hoekstra, J., … & Peeters, P. H. (2017). Associations between lifestyle factors and an unhealthy diet. European journal of public health, 27(2), 274-278.
Whatnall, M. C., Collins, C. E., Callister, R., & Hutchesson, M. J. (2016, September). Associations between unhealthy diet and lifestyle behaviors and increased cardiovascular disease risk in young overweight and obese women. In Healthcare (Vol. 4, No. 3, p. 57). Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute.