Overfed and malnourished

6 Feb

Last fall I went for my first professional dental cleaning. The job was done by a lady I had never met before and who knew nothing about my family. The more surprised I was when she looked at my teeth, started working and in a side sentence explained that my teeth are as bad as they are because I was malnourished as a child.

I was surprised.

Then I thought about it for a while (quite a while, hence only blogging about it today), and it makes perfect sense. My parents, who did the best job they could, had other worries than making sure their children get all the nutrition they need. Such as working, working a second job and making sure their daughters do not go hungry. Who cared if the food came from cans or was prepared and frozen in single portions, or if it came straight out of the box. At the end of the day, neither my mother nor my father (if he was at home, and not thousands of kilometers away on his truck) had the energy to make sure we ate our vegetables. If the tummy is full, it must be okay, right?

My teeth are proof that this is not the case. And I think it is downright perverse that it is possibel to, in modern Western countries, produce obese and at the same time malnourished children. It is even more problematic that in many cases the parents, who are struggling with finances and life in general, are blamed for this. Who blames the manufacturers of “food” void of nourishment? Who blames the authorities who do not care what their citizen eat, as long as they pay their taxes?

As some of you probably know, I have been struggling with my weight and my body images and proper nutrition for several years.

In my head, I am in a good place. I like my body, try to take good care of myself and am proud of all the things I get done during the day. The number on the scale does not dictate my “value” for society – if I can be a professional translator, acclaimed author of short stories and overall good person, why should a number no one except myself knows (unless I decide to share) make me a “bad” (or worthless) person?

Concerning nutrition, I am interested in the scientific facts to a point of obsession (if you believe Richard). Our meals are 90% healthy at home (with the occasional slice of white bread or pizza), including dried fruit and nuts or dark chocolate as snacks most of the time. We are not following any specific trend – eating lots of fruit and vegetables as well as little animal protein is the main idea.

And the weight… well, as long as we can keep it in a healthy range everything is okay. Right now I am at the upper range of healthy and would like to get to a point where I have more wiggling room in either direction, but I am not torturing myself with anything.

In the end, I hope to get to a point where these things come to me naturally when we have children. I want to give them a better start in life than I had, healthwise and in general.

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5 Responses to “Overfed and malnourished”

  1. georgina aka greekwitch February 6, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

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  2. georgina aka greekwitch February 6, 2013 at 3:38 pm #

    It did! I am so happy! I missed seeing you on my blogroll!

  3. Liathano February 6, 2013 at 11:03 pm #

    Da sagst du was … ich bin auch immer wieder geschockt, wie wenig “Leben” eigentlich in Lebensmitteln wie Fertigpizza, Dosensuppe und Co steckt und wie viele Leute darauf vertrauen, davon nicht nur satt zu werden, sondern auch wohlgenährt zu bleiben.

    Ich habe als Kind zwar tonnenweise frisches Obst, Gemüse und Fleisch bekommen, aber leider auch viel Süßkram. Zwar hatte ich alle Nährstoffe, die ich brauchte, aber dazu noch viel mehr von dem, was ich nicht brauchte – so war ich also schön pummelig (und habe heute noch ab und an mal mit Karies zu kämpfen, hmpf) und habe lange Zeit einfach immer und von allem zu viel gegessen.
    So ein richtig gesundes Verhältnis zu Ernährung und meinem Körper habe ich immer noch nicht, obwohl ich inzwischen öfter im unteren Bereich des Gewichts-/Körperfettoptimums bin und maßvoll esse, was ich brauche (+ Leckerlies ab und an).

    Der Freund hält es auch für ein bisschen neurotisch, wie ich jedes Lebensmittel. das ich kaufe, erstmal auf Inhaltsstoffe kontrolliere und vieles rigoros im Regal liegen lasse (seine heißgeliebten Cornflakes, die zu 90% aus Zucker bestehen, kommen z.B. nicht mehr auf den Tisch). Hätten Bananen INCI-Listen, würde ich auch die erstmal umdrehen. ^^

    • diandralinnemann February 12, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

      Richard spricht auch von “Orthorexie”, wenn er sich über mein Benehmen ärgert. Ist mir aber egal. Man könnte heute ja Klärschlamm mit Aromen und Farbstoff lebensmitteltauglich machen, müsste nur alles fein pürieren. *würg*

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