The Double Burden of being Fat and Thin at the same time. How it is related to diabetes
I recently read an article about some rich countries suffering from starvation and obesity at the same time. How can that be? Was it due to rich and poor divide ? No, it was not. The countries in question were countries in the middle east. People here were getting more and more obese. At the same time they were showing signs of starvation. Why? Because their body was not getting enough nutrition and so the organs were showing signs of food deprivation.
An article few days ago in the BBC also said the same thing. It referred to a concept calle the "Double - Burden" where overweight and undernourished people live side-by-side.
"A worldwide explosion in the availability of unhealthy foods, a shift towards office jobs and the growth of transport and television are among the many causes. Often, this double burden occurs not only within a community, but also within the same family. It can even happen within the same person, who is overweight but lacking in vital nutrients."
This is very important. Even in India where traditionally food has been very healthy, if you are at an airport or at a mall, getting healthy food might be impossible. Similarly while eating out the food choices and food preparation methods might mean the nutrient value is stripped away from the food. And, we are not compensating for that at home by eating extra healthy.
What's this got to do with diabetes? Well if you are eating unhealthy you are not nourishing your body. Additionally you give it the job of processing empty calories and possibly artificial sweeteners. How can this go on? The result is the growing epidemic of diabetes.
In a lot go the books I read the basic concept is not just reducing calories, it is also increasing the nutrients. The body needs nutrition to work and to heal. Eating nutritious food will not only help get the body in balance, it will also help the organs heal. The body is a self healing machine, however it needs nutrients to do this.
So be careful. Just eating light is not the answer. Just reducing the amount of toast, biscuits and switching to sweeteners is not the answer. Make sure you are eating nutritious fresh food with plenty of vegetables. Make sure your kids don't eat too much junk and eat enough of nutritious goodies.
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