You Are What You Eat: The Detrimental Effects of a Poor Diet

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You are What You Eat You are what you eat is an idiom that most everyone can recall being told at some point. The phrase was gotten from Anthelme Brillat-Savarin who wrote in 1826 "Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es." Translated into English it means “tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are”. Many people especially in the United States do not really give the food that they eat very much thought. The people in this country eat because of the taste of food, the experience of it, and now more than every food had become a way to help people cope with their emotions. A wonderful thing when used in the way or which it was intended food nourishes our body and keeps you alive, but when abused I can be fatal. According to an article by nbcnews.com in 1990 poor eating habits, smoking, and a lack of exercise was responsible for 700,000 premature deaths among Americans. In 2004 those numbers increased and a larger percent of them were from poor diet. The phrase you are what you eat has never been truer than it is right now. While some people may choose to joke about it time has proven it true. No if you eat pork chops every day you will not wake up one morning and be a pork chop but you may find you self with high blood pressure. That is they way people should take it when they hear someone say you are what you eat. I hear those words but it sounds to me like what you eat has a direct affect on your health. In recent years the United States have

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