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What are the disadvantages of not eating healthy?

Updated February 21, 2017

Over one billion overweight adults exist in the world, with approximately 300 million of them classified as obese, according to the World Health Organization. Unhealthy eating contributes to the problem. A world of fast-food convenience, supersize temptations, skipping meals and binge-eating can lead to considerable disadvantages for those who engage in these unhealthy eating practices.

Weight Issues

Unhealthy eating choices can cause you to become overweight or obese. Even if you diet to lose the weight, as long as you continue an unhealthy eating pattern, you will regain the weight.

Health Issues

Various health issues can result from not eating healthy. If you eat a diet that is high in saturated fats and sugars, you will likely become overweight or obese due to poor nutrition. In turn, your risk for high blood pressure, stroke and chronic diseases such as certain types of cancers, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes increases, according to the World Health Organization.

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders can develop from unhealthy eating patterns, especially in adolescent girls, according to WomensHealth.gov. Common unhealthy ways adolescents attempt to lose or control weight include fasting, skipping meals or tobacco use. Binging and purging is also used, which consists of eating a large amount of foods and then forcing oneself to vomit afterward.

Emotional Issues

Not eating healthy can lead to being overweight or obese, engaging in eating disorders or developing health issues. All of these can lead to emotional issues that make it difficult to break the vicious cycle of unhealthy eating practices. Depression and anxiety are both linked to eating disorders and obesity.

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About the Author

Based in Texas, Cynthia Measom has been writing various parenting, business and finance and education articles since 2011. Her articles have appeared on websites such as The Bump and Motley Fool. Measom received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Texas at Austin.