Scurvy Is The The Rise Due To Poor Diets

October 7, 2019

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The bubonic plague, consumption and rickets are all diseases of the past. However scurvy is on the rise thanks to those who are picky eaters. The disease we most associate with pirates and the 16th century is alive and well in the 21st century, which is a vitamin C deficiency that causes severe joint pain, swollen or bleeding gums, easy bruising and red or blue spots on the skin.  The British Healthcare Service reported between 2009 and 2014, hospital admissions related to scurvy had increased by 27% and experts think our beige diets are to blame. For countless children a beige diet; which are foods such as white bread, peanut butter, chicken, potatoes and pasta that are all similar in color, is the norm. Those poor eating habits follow kids into adulthood where scurvy, rickets and other vitamin deficient diseases cause problems. The easiest way to prevent scurvy and other deficient diseases is to eat a healthy diet that includes fresh fruit and vegetables to ensure you’re getting all the vitamins and minerals you need. The stable rule of thumb is the diet which contains the widest variety of foods has the best potential to provide all the nourishment your body needs. However that is easier said than done for many picky eaters, who in many cases report anxiety and embarrassment when trying new foods that aren’t on their “safe” lists.  Just as obesity isn't always doe to a lack of willpower, being unable to consume all the nutrients you need cannot be dismissed as laziness or childish preferences. Experts say access to fresh foods, in particular the higher costs and general knowledge of how to prepare healthy food is a major factor for picky eaters.


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