Poor eating habits have a lot of side effects


Eating isn't just about putting food in the mouth. As Harvard.edu says, we need to completely focus on its process, including paying attention to what type of foods we intake, the taste, and how much we eat. 

Not everyone realizes it, but having poor eating habits, like eating while texting, has a lot of side effects, mainly when it comes to our hearts, like obesity, stress, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart disease. Sadly, research conducted by Health Living Index reveals that Indonesia was ranked 14th out of 15 Asia-Pacific markets like these examples. Let's evaluate together to be better. 

Eating while doing other activities

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We, evidently, are guilty of eating while doing activities. The survey discovered that 86 percent of Indonesian respondents engaged in such behavior. Eating while doing other things is not good to do as it is risky to raise gastric acid, in a long way, resulting in stomach problems. Furthermore, it is also said to increase bladder movement, as well as produce stomach gas and nausea, leading to bloating. Just like when you eat in front of the TV or computer, using a device while munching on your favorite snack foods can lead to overeating because you're distracted and lose track of just how many handfuls of chips you've devoured.

Eating while walking

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Indonesian like to eat while walking. People are doing a number of other things while walking, such as watching their steps to avoid tripping. These activities are said to distract people from their food, which slows down the brain's processing of hunger signals. While walking after meals has a few downsides, some may experience an upset stomach. Hence, it may be helpful to keep the intensity and duration of your post-meal walks low when starting out.

Midnight eating

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Indonesian frequently ate late at night. It is considered unhealthy as it contributes to weight gain. Eating late at night can lead to several health hazards like increasing blood sugar levels, heart diseases, obesity, and acidity. Basically, the later you eat, the less your body is prepared to sleep, which can also have adverse effects on your memory and efficiency for the next day. Furthermore, eating a large meal at midnight can disrupt sleep, causing light headaches during the day and acid reflux.

No time for breakfast

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Indonesian respondents said they frequently skipped breakfast. By regularly skipping morning meals, you are more susceptible to weight gain and at an increased risk of atherosclerosis, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and high cholesterol (10, 6, 11, 12). It may make it difficult for people to concentrate as the brain needs sufficient energy to function properly. Registered dietitians like to recommend eating breakfast to prevent the increased portion sizes that typically result from being overly hungry after skipping meals. However, listening to your hunger cues and eating only when you are hungry will keep you feeling satisfied and full for three to five hours.

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