When you don’t eat enough food according to your body and age you don’t get sufficient energy that is required by the body to perform the functioning. All this will have a negative effect on your overall health.
What happens when you don’t eat enough?
Fatigue is one of the main symptoms of not eating enough. You get energy from the foods you eat in the form of calories. Calories are units of energy your body uses to function. When your calorie intake is too low, you're likely to feel tired most of the time... Your body can't carry out physiological functions and support daily activity.
In addition, not eating enough of certain types of foods can leave you low on energy. The number of calories needed for these basic functions within a 24-hour period is referred to as your resting metabolic rate.
Undereating can also lead to malnutrition which means that a person's body does not receive enough specific nutrients to maintain a healthy immune system and fight off illnesses. It can also mean that illnesses, such as the common cold, last longer than they should.
Not eating enough may lead to serious health problems. Some issues may include the following:
Anxiety and Depression
Restricted eating can affect your brain and can lead to anxiety and depression. Our brain is the most complex organ within our bodies. Our brain must be functioning to the best of its ability for good mental health, and in turn superior physical health outcomes. That’s why feeding it well and
right is very essential.
How will you know that you are not eating enough?
One of the most obvious reasons that you are under-eating is becoming underweight. This is typically determined using body mass index (BMI).
BMI uses a person’s height and weight to give an approximate indication of whether a person is within a healthy weight range or not. You can determine your BMI using BMI calculators or charts.
It is very important to note that eating right and eating enough is very essential to your existence. It helps you to avoid serious health complications and will give you a healthier and longer life.