According to SFGate, unhealthy eating is a major risk factor for obesity, nutritional deficiencies and a plethora of chronic diseases. A person’s immune system is also likely to be affected if he does not have a balanced diet.
According to About.com, a balanced diet is a diet that comprises a wide selection of foods from all the food groups. A balanced diet also means that a person should eat certain foods in moderation, especially saturated fat, refined foods, salt, sugar, cholesterol and alcoholic drinks. Unhealthy eating has both short-term and long-term effects on a person’s health. Short-term effects include muscle loss, poor brain function, poor sleep patterns, mood problems, binge eating and weight gain.
The long-term effects of unhealthy eating are even more serious. According to Stay Fit, Get Healthy, unhealthy eating may increase a person’s risk for diseases such as diabetes and heart-related conditions, as well as weak bones, malnutrition and high blood sugar levels. These can ultimately result in breaks, diabetes and a plethora of related conditions.
In addition, Science Daily asserts that pregnant women who eat a poor diet may be putting their unborn babies at an increased risk of long-term illnesses that are difficult to treat.