Food Deprivation


















A person can survive quite a long time without food as long as he or she stays hydrated.  How do you survive  food deprivation? Well, there are many factors that may contribute to how long a person can survive without food, also known as food deprivation.  According to medical professionals, healthy individuals are able to survive up to eight weeks without food as long as they are drinking water.  Being strong and in good physical shape can also help you during food deprivation as well as having extra body fat. Why you ask? Well, the carbohydrates in your body are the first thing that gets used without more food entering your system. Fats are the second thing that your body uses to survive, which explains why individuals with more body fat can survive longer. The next thing that your body uses to feed itself is proteins.  If you allow your body to get to that point, then you’re considered to be in bad shape.


Another factor that contributes to how long one can survive during food deprivation is your metabolism, which coverts food into energy. For example, if you have a slow metabolism, then you will burn your food intake at a slower rate and will be able to go longer without replacing the food energy.  It’s important to state that your metabolism will adjust and slow down by itself, in an effort to survive.


The weather also plays a major role in surviving during food deprivation. Both hot and cold weather are not good during food deprivation because when the weather gets hot, you will dehydrate at a much faster rate and when the weather turns cold, your body will use more energy to keep the body’s temperature at 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celsius).  In terms of survival during food deprivation, mild temperature is considered ideal.


 Symptoms if you go more than a couple days without food:

 * Weakness

* Chronic diarrhea

* Irritability

* Confusion

* Bad decision making

* Immune deficiency

* Decreased sex drive


Longer term symptoms of food deprivation:

* Hallucinations

* Muscle spasms

* Irregular heartbeat

* Convulsions


One way to prevent food deprivation would be to store various types of survival food not only in your home, but also in your office and car. Examples of survival food include survival food bars  and meal packages that have a 25 year shelf life.

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