Bad nutrition is often the cause of many health problems, as well as being the cause of physical illness, it is also one of the causes of mental illness
A bad diet can cause conditions such as obesity, diabetes, scurvy, heart disease, high blood pressure
, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, depression
Behavior is affected by nutrition; a doctor called George M Gould was the first to mention the connection between behavior and diet.
There have been studies done down the years showing a connection between behavior and nutrition. Stephen J. Shoenthaler, Ph.D is a California State University criminologist.
He and his colleagues conducted many studies, one study they did of adult felons and juvenile delinquents in five states showed that offenders who had the worst behavior consumed less minerals and vitamins than everyone else.
In another study of eight thousand teenagers in 9 juvenile correctional facilities, Stephen Schoenthaler replace their diets which were high in sugar as well as other refined carbohydrates with more healthier diets.
The diets were high in fruits, whole grains and vegetables. These changes were credited to cuts in the budget, so that the offenders did not discover they were part of an experiment.
When the diets were changed, antisocial and violent incidents in these institutions went down by almost half.
According to a world health organization report that looked at eighty developing countries
- iodine deficiency has diminished the intellectual ability of roughly all of nations by as many as ten to fifteen percent. It causes eighteen million children per year to be mentally impaired at birth.
- Adults who have iodine deficiency are so widespread that work force productivity is lowered, mean the cutting the Gross Domestic Product in the countries worse affected by 2 percent.
- Forty percent of the developing world have iron deficiency and forty percent are lacking in vitamin A.
To battle against these problems, the United Nations has prescribed a whole bunch of artificially prepared foods such as
- soy sauce fortified with zinc,
- salt laced with iron
- Cooking oil fortified with vitamin A.
In the majority of Western countries, governments have sprayed iodine onto salt before it is packaged. Niacin, folic and iron are added to flour.
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