Eating to 70, 80, even 90% Efficiency

What I’d like to discuss in this article is how being outside of a healthy weight range can
decrease our performance in all areas of life because we are unable to use our bodies to 70, 80,
even 90% efficiency. We often desire to improve their quality of life. What is interesting is that
there is no absolute definition for quality of life, since a quality life can mean different things to
different people. Nevertheless, scholars have determined a general definition of quality of life as
a person’s physical, emotional, and social well-being and their ability to function in everyday
tasks or situations. In this article, we will explore how unhealthy eating habits can negatively
affect our physical, emotional, and social well-beings. In turn, we will learn how improper eating
habits can affect our performance in all areas of life.

Physical Well-Being
We are all probably very aware about how being at an unhealthy weight can affect our physical
well-being. According to WebMD, a healthy weight lies between 18.5 and 24.9 on the Body
Mass Index. If your BMI is over 24.9, then healthcare professionals may consider you
overweight. If your BMI is under 18.5, then you may be considered underweight. This range is
not an absolute and your healthcare professional will be better able to advise you about your
weight situation.

That said, various diseases or health issues can plague us if we our not at healthy weights. If we
are dangerously underweight, we may have a weakened immune system or be susceptible to
osteoporosis. If we are obese, various diseases may plague us, such as Type 2 diabetes, heart
disease, high blood pressure, arthritis, sleep apnea, and stroke. Additionally, we may be unable to
use our bodies efficiently if we are at an unhealthy weight. Not only will we be plagued by
disease, but our quality of life diminishes when we cannot perform everyday tasks. How then can
we provide high-quality performance at work, at school, or in their personal relationships when
everything becomes much harder than it needs to be? Even the gift of waking up in the morning
becomes problematic when we have spent the entire night, tossing and turning because of body
pains or disease symptoms.

Emotional Well-being
Now that we realize how remaining at an unhealthy weight can affect our health, let’s consider
the second facet of a quality life, which is emotional well-being. To many of us, refusing to eat
properly during emotional or stressful times seems comforting, even medicinal. We may decide
to feast on a large bowl of chocolate dessert because we’ve had a rough day at work. Or, the we
may decide to skip several meals because we are unhappy with the way things are going in life.
We generally eat emotionally when we are stressed, bored, depressed, or angry. This eating, or
lack thereof, is usually done in order to relieve the difficult feelings. In effect, food is used as a
substitute pain reliever, comforter, or counselor during such times.

But emotional eating is like adding water to an oil-fire. The fire burns and burns because the
proper actions are not taken to extinguish it. Difficult emotions require special treatment, but when these emotions are fueled by improper eating habits, they only amplify. When we use food
to satisfy feelings of boredom, anxiety, stress, or anger, we remain emotionally unfulfilled
because whatever triggered the emotion remains. It is up to us to address the issue that is causing
these emotions. If the situation that stresses us cannot be alleviated in any way, then it may be a
better idea to substitute emotional eating with another action. You can do an activity that you
enjoy i.e. listen to music, talk to a friend, go jogging, etc. The key is to find an activity that will
help you avoid emotional eating.

Social Well-being
If emotional eating is not controlled, it can lead to a lack of satisfaction with our appearance or
even character. This could certainly affect our self-esteem and affect us socially. We may decide
to wear clothes that are less becoming, simply because we do not feel that any type of clothing
can make us attractive. An unhealthy relationship with food could keep us from enjoying many
of life’s pleasures, whether it be relaxing at the beach with friends, going hiking, windowshopping
at the mall, strolling through a fascinating city, going to the pub with friends –
anything. Furthermore, personal relationships may be affected when those near us see that we no
longer care for ourselves.

While we should remain aware of how unhealthy eating can affect all areas of life, we should
also understand how healthy eating will provide a tremendously positive impact on the quality of
life. Though this may sound cliché, it is true that we only get one body in a lifetime. Let’s help
make it a good body and a good life.

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