Posted by: dietingnow | April 28, 2007

How Does Our Intelligence Affect What We Eat?

This is a double sided coin.  Does health affect intelligence? Yes.  Does intelligence affect health? Yes.  This is one of those wonderful situations where the cause and effect works both ways.  What happens in one area, will generally affect the other.

It is a known and proven fact, that the eating and health habits we use as children, directly affects our level of development.  This includes the brain.  Protein, one of the most important basic life building blocks, works directly in the brain’s development.  No protein, no proper development.

Well, it doesn’t take very much intuition here, to notice if the brain doesn’t develop to optimal operation levels, you will not have a health conscious individual. Generally, you do not have individuals develop to become productive, prosperous citizens, and certainly not healthy, productive, prosperous citizens.

Past the consideration of intelligence development, our level of education and intelligence plays a tremendous role in our ability to educate ourselves about the health options we should exercise.  With generations prior to the 20th century, physical energy expenditures used up whatever nutritional resources you had provided earlier.  Physical work and a real lack of nutritional supplements kept the body in constant need of nourishment.  That is a time past.  Today, with the advent of the computer, physical activity is no longer a part of the work equation.  We no longer lack for vitamins and minerals, thanks to the boom in the vitamin market.

Today, we must determine how much nourishment we need, how much physical exercise we need, and how best to accomplish those ends.  Calorie needs, nutritional needs, physical needs, and education about those needs now is information we should all understand, at least as it applies to our individual self.

Our level of income directly affects our eating habits.  Did you know that?  How much money you make helps to determine what you will choose and how healthy you will be.  Doesn’t really make sense, if you don’t’ look at the broader picture.  In the big picture, however, here is the view: you are educated, have a degree, and are exposed to tons of information during your college years.  You are exposed to health classes, athletes, and all sorts of professional people who already understand the importance of healthy eating habits in your life.

You graduate college, your income levels are quite nice, and you have the opportunity to purchase magazines, health and fitness of course.  Can you see how your education and intelligence levels affect your health now?  This is a generalization that has proven itself time and again.  All you have to do is observe your developed countries versus the third world, underdeveloped countries.  Standard of living and health are directly related.

If the evidence presented above is not enough to satisfy your curiosity concerning the role intelligence plays in our health, take the time to visit the US Census.  This information is available through the internet. There you will find all kinds of statistics, from income averages in areas of the United States, to education levels in those same places.  Also available is information related to the household.  Check for yourself.  You can see a direct relationship in many areas of the country between income levels and health statistics for that area. 

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Responses

  1. Great Article on a not-often-talked-about subject. Controversial? Maybe. I would guess that intelligence is one of the top 3 factors why so many people have poor diets.


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