The Junk Food Epidemic
An article entitled ‘Teen boy goes blind after only eating Pringles, white bread, pork and French fries’, actually outlined a boy who actually suffered from a lack of nutrition. He was malnourished, and he had a normal BMI hight, yet his symptoms progressed. The difficulty was to do with the fact that at the age of fourteen, all he was consuming was junk food and because of the lack of nutrients he was consuming it impaired the normal functioning of the nerve fibres which led to optic nerve disfunction, and eventually blindness. In the end this meant that he was low in his B complex vitamins.
Meat actually has a ton of B complex vitamins, but not processed meats, good meats such as steak and chicken breast and tuna, turkey, and pork. Not what you find in a processed burger. The point of this situation is that it highlights the impact of diet on physical health and that the fact that your calorie intake and BMI are not reliable indicators of your nutritional status, instead it is to do with what it is that you are eating on a daily basis. Just because you are thin does not mean that you are actually physically doing well. The truth is, you are what you eat, and lack of nutrition leads to physical decline in many ways, not only to do with your vision and your heart and your guts and your mood, it affects you holistically.
Not only is there a physical component to why it is a person decides to eat poorly, there is a mental component to why a person decides to eat poorly. A person who is more directly affected by the need to bend their boundaries to make others happy in order to make sure that others are cared for and not themselves, have a tendency to lead them down this path of unhealthy behaviour which in turn leads to illness. People who have the fear of saying no, of not being able to maintain boundaries, make sure that not their own needs are met but others need are being met go down the path of illness. In order to maintain your own health and care for yourself, you have to know to stay within your own limits. But those that have an enmeshed life style, meaning that they are needing to please others and give up on their own needs, also give up on their own need to stay healthy.
It is really good to be able to identify whether you are living life for yourself or you are living life because you want everybody else to be happy. If your whole goal is to avoid conflict in order for everybody else to be happy then what you are actually doing is to make sure that you are unhappy and sucking up all of the poisons of your environment. The truth is, that we can only manage so much poison each and every day, and eventually we will hit the wall. Those poisons will over-power us and eventually take us out. It is important to be able to get in touch with your needs, wants and desires. Make them known, so that your life is not about pleasing the needs, wants, and desires of others but achieving who it is that you need, want and desire to be.