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How a Poor Diet Can Affect Every Aspect of Your Health



Having a poor diet negatively impacts health. When people think of health, they often just think of the physical. But there is much more to it, like mental and relational health. Poor diet impacts each of these in a negative way.

Physical Health

Having a poor diet can lead to being overweight, high blood pressure and cholesterol, heart disease, osteoporosis, and cancer. Poor diets are often comprised of processed foods and sugars which can lead to an increase of calories contributing to overweight and obesity. Processed foods are also often higher in trans and saturated fats which lead to increase in cholesterol and increase chances for heart disease. Poor diets lack the essential vitamins and minerals the body needs to function properly.

Mental Health

A poor diet could be contributing to mental health issues or exacerbating them. Poor diets, such as those that are high in refined sugars, processed foods, and high fat dairy have been linked to depression. Sugar is known to make anxiety worse. A poor diet can be missing out on the key vitamins and minerals that help the body, and, more importantly, brain function optimally. A poor diet may also be too high in omega-6 fatty acids as opposed to omega-3 fatty acids which can increase inflammation in the body. Processed foods can also cause spikes and crashes in blood sugar which can impact mood and energy, also negatively impacting mental health.

Relational health

Because a poor diet affects your physical and mental health, this can also spill over into your relationships. Poor diet can affect your energy levels and mood. If you have low energy, or suffer from a poor mood, or even mental health struggles, you will be less likely to want to do things with your family or friends. You may also be treating them poorly because of your mood and energy levels. A poor diet can also impact your sex drive and other problems. Being overweight or obese, which can result from a poor diet, can also contribute to erectile dysfunction. This can lead to relationship and marriage strain.


Poor diet impacts your life in so many ways because it negatively affects your health. Making even small improvements in your diet can lead to better health, in all aspects. When your body gets the nutrients it needs, you can feel, function, and live better.


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