Years ago, people struggled to harvest and produce enough food to nourish those around them. The harvest was usually just enough to feed a family or group well. Through advanced farming technologies such as tractors and harvesters and cultivation ranches such as dairy and meat farms, man now produces more food than ever, enough to feed every person in the world. However, even in this age of plenty, there are those who are hungry and there are those who take advantage of the plentiful harvests and overindulge. It is a confusing paradox, a startling conflict between malnutrition, the health state brought about by the lack of vital nutrients, and obesity, the health state of overindulgence of nutrients. Either can dominate in a country, alone and unprecedented, but in most cases they exist side by side, inflicting their results upon most of the population.
The human body is like an electric light bulb, it needs energy to function. For a light bulb, this is electrical energy; for humans, it is food. The supplements in foods provide us with the energy to function as humans just as the electricity in a light bulb provides it with the energy to light up. However, if a light bulb is given too much electrical voltage, it will malfunction and will eventually stop working. This is the same for humans; if they consume too much energy, they will begin to have health problems. A human will begin to have illnesses related to the overindulgence while bodily functions such as the heart beat become weaker. This is all caused by an overindulgence of energy, in humans it is called obesity.
However, if a light bulb has too little electrical power it also begins to malfunction in ways opposite of to those of overindulgence of energy. The human body, like the light bulb, needs just the right amount of energy to function efficiently and healthily. A decrease in this energy will result in problems and eventual break down. In the case of the light bulb, it will become dim; but in humans, lack of energy can result in chronic illness and in many cases, eventual death. For humanity, this is called malnutrition.
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