By Suma Ahuja MD
According to Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, in Physiologie du Gout, ou Meditations de Gastronomie Transcendante, 1826: “Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es.” (Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are) (1).
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that there are approximately 1.9 billion obese adults and 42 million overweight children worldwide. It is also evident through clinical data that obesity in the long-term results in development of chronic disorders such as, type 2 diabetes, heart diseases, and certain cancers (2).
Diseases like type 2 diabetes and hypertension once commonly found in older adults are now increasingly evident in much younger populations.
Time and again scientific and clinical studies have proven that chronic diseases are best treated with proper nutrition. In fact, when nutrition is made the foundation of any treatment protocol, chronic conditions like type 2 diabetes and heart diseases are completely reversible (3).
Aside from the above-mentioned clinical facts for paying attention to what one chooses to eat, truth is, the effect of nutritional choices are not just limited to treating and preventing chronic diseases. Nutritional choices play an important role in our everyday lives on a mundane realm.
For example, according to the Harvard Business Review daily food choices impacts one’s cognitive abilities and overall productivity throughout the day. According to this review, food choices impact decision making and ultimately the ability to achieve success at the workplace (4).
Paying attention to what you eat can not only help maintain a healthy body, but, it also allows developing healthy emotions. For example, studies have shown that certain foods when consumed can help alleviate stress, develop a positive body image, strengthen self-confidence, and overall wellbeing (5).
The word “Nutrition” originates from the Latin word nutrire which means to nourish, therefore, only when we pay attention to our eating habits and ensure that we are “nourishing” each and every cell within the body, overall health, wellbeing, and success in our day to day lives becomes easily achievable.
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- Snodgrass, S. J., Guest, M., Kable, A. K., James, C., Ashby, A. C., Plotnikoff, R. C., and C. E. Collins. “Weight Management Advice for Clients with Overweight or Obesity: Allied Health Profession Survey.” Healthcare (Basel) 4, no. 4 (2016):