Friday, November 01, 2013
We're covering eating disorders and hunger in society this week for my nutrition class, and the textbook mentions a study on undernutrition from the 1940's. A population of men ate 1800 calories a day for 6 months, losing on average 24% of their bodyweight. 3 months in they complained of "fatigue, muscle soreness, irritability, intolerance to cold and hunger pains" and the researcher observed "lack of ambition, self-discipline and concentration" and the subjects were "moody, apathetic and depressed."
Even after returning to a normal intake, hunger and fatigue persisted for 12 weeks and they didn't fully recover for 8 months. Now, these subjects were healthy at the start, so it's likely some were going from a healthy weight to low weight. But I find it interesting how many of the symptoms pertained to attitude and motivation.
Do I have any particular goals as we start a new month?
- Nanowrimo: I don't have time to write this year, but I will look at editing my work from last year.
- I have a term paper in Nutrition class and I chose the book "The End of Overeating" so I'll be posting about that at Losers Keepers as I go.
- My nutrition is going okay, I think. I'm glad apples are fresh again.
- I'm still doing circuit strength, and need to look at getting more cardio in.
I'm reminded of a line in "While you were sleeping" where the dad says "Life is a pain... for one moment, everyone's good, everyone's happy, and in that one moment, you have peace." (to which the son replies "Pa, this isn't that moment.") Well, I can dream, can't I?