When I was at college I was pretty overweight and thankfully my roommate at the time Jessica Leonard was a great friend to me and helped me to slim down. At that time she was studying nutrition so she was the perfect person to help me out. During that weight loss process I learned so much more about healthy living and diets, and I learned that weight loss was only a very small part of the reason why we should all make sure that our diets are as healthy as they can be. Jessica taught me an awful lot which would stay with me for long term. If you aren’t eating a healthy diet then it is not just gaining weight which you soul be worried about, because there are also many more risks associated with eating unhealthily.

Increased Risk of Cancer

As anyone who has been affected by cancer will know, this is a vicious and unforgiving diseases which causes massive damage and kills a huge number of people each and every year. When you are eating an unhealthy diet you are increasing your probabilities of contracting cancer later in life. Cancer can and does attack every part of the body and if you want to avoid that, then you have to be far more conscious about what you are putting into your body.

Sleep Trouble

Something else which we have seen healthy eating linked to is improvement in the ability to get a great night’s sleep. Those who do not have a healthy lifestyle put so much pressure on their body’s digestive system and this can result in organs having to work incredibly hard in order to process what has gone into the body. All of this can cause you to feel fatigued, but not get a great night of sleep, which can then make you feel sluggish and cognitively slower as a result.

Cognitive Function

Our brains thrive from nutrients, vitamins, fatty acids and healthy oils, and the better that we eat the higher cognitive function that we can expect. If you fail to eat healthily then you can anticipate cognitive decline in later years, which is the main cause behind illnesses such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. If you want to perform better and stave off later life ailments like these, make sure that you are eating a healthy diet.


You have to remember that the food that you eat is directly being used by the body for its various functions and this reflects in our mood. If you are eating rubbish then you can expect to have low moods or even mood swings as a result. The notion that fat people are happy is just untrue and because of the diet that they eat, they are more likely to be in a bad mood than someone who is eating a healthy diet.

As you can see, eating an unhealthy diet will do more than just put the pounds on.