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How Your Environment Affects Your Diet: The Urban Diet

Updated on October 13, 2014

There is a correlation between your diet and your environment. For example, if you live by the sea, it very likely that your diet will mainly consist of fish. Furthermore, if you swim regularly, your best source of protein is fish. It will also provide most of the nutrients that are loss during swimming. That is the natural way of life.

The same goes for Eskimos living in the North Pole. They eat a lot of fat from whales and fish. Yet, they are much less likely to suffer from a heart attack or suffer a stroke. This is because they are actively searching for food. Fat is a great source of long-term energy especially for tedious tasks. The amount of body fat an Eskimo has is just right to keep them warm. They also have to consume fish to get the much needed vitamin D which they cannot source from the sun. That is the way your environment should affect your diet.

The Characteristics of the Urban Diet

  • Need Money To Buy Food

The main characteristic of the urban diet is the need for money to purchase food. Those who live in modern society rarely grow, raise or hunt their own food. Instead, they do other jobs that bring in some money which is used to secure food.

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  • Industrialization of Food

The industrialization of food to earn a profit is the greatest evil of modern society. This leads to the continuous decrease in the quality of food in order to increase profit margins. A perfect example is feeding corn to cows in order to drastically increase their weight gain. The cow gets sick in process rendering the meat useless or of an inferior quality. Mad Cow disease was caused by COWS BEING FED COWS.

  • Food Commercialization

The commercialization of food includes the cost of marketing and distribution. Therefore, you are paying for a lot more than food. You are paying for the chemicals that are added to increase the shelf life of food. In other words, people are simple paying money to get sick. They are also paying to have the environment destroyed by the chemical wastes that are dumped into the environment after the food is processed.

  • Marketing and Promotion

Marketing and Promotion also help to put people in a blind trance. Commercials on TV are just constant reminders to consume more McDonalds and KFC. They are mostly targeted towards children with cool toys and happy songs. If we were in the in the wilderness our primary motivational sensation would be hunger. A cow would not advertise itself to us as food. As a matter of fact, it would try to evade us. In a modern or urban society; marketers use a plethora of techniques that appeal to other sensations and needs. They can even make you yearn for more food when your already full.

  • Engineered Taste

Appealing to your taste buds is another method of deception that is used by these organizations. A simple example is the use of excess sugar, MSG and fats in their foods. These ingredients trigger a sensation of pleasure while being consumed. Therefore, the person will always return to these types of foods to relive the pleasurable experience all over again. If you think this sounds like addictions that’s because it is.


There some other points that I haven’t touched on because I do want some of my readers to feel guilty. The point that I am trying to make is that our modern environment is just a TV, media and a concrete forest. What we believe to be a diet is nothing more than an artificially induced state of mind. The environment is an illusion so is the diet. Think about it.

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      Marvin Parke 3 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Jtrader. I love that cartoon too. It inspired the article and the thought process.

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      jtrader 3 years ago

      Your cartoon is a good example ;-)

      I don't think we always consider how much our environment affects our eating habits.

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      Marvin Parke 3 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect DDE. Our diet should naturally reflect our environment and lifestyle. Therefore, if the food we are eating is unhealthy, then our environment and lifestyle is indeed bad and unhealthy.

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      Marvin Parke 3 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect teaches12345. That's a perfect example. Fabricated chemicals made to TASTE like real food.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      One's diet is affected by the environment so agree with you an very interesting and helpful hub from you.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      All I can think of after reading your post is the replicator on Star Trek. Fabricated chemicals made to look like food. Beam me out, Scotty!

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      Marvin Parke 3 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Lambservant. Thank you very much for the support.

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      Lori Colbo 3 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Very well done.

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      Marvin Parke 3 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect jpcmc. The system has found ways to make unhealthy cheaper and easily available. It is hard for those involved in the system to think outside the box.

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      Marvin Parke 3 years ago from Jamaica

      respect Natashlh. Maybe 1000 years from now people may grossed out by barbecuing. Things change and society is able to tell people how to think. Common sense is a big advantage to have in these times.

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      Marvin Parke 3 years ago from Jamaica

      respect greatstuff. yes, the food our body chooses helps us to survive in our environment. I have always wanted to use that photo for some time now.

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      JP Carlos 3 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      With more fastfood chains penetrating places where it used to be far off we can see an explosion of unhealthier diet. Whether this is commercialization, globalization or something else, i think it is not an excuse to eat unhealthy foods.

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      Natasha 3 years ago from Hawaii

      I completely agree that diet is not driven by nature for a lot of people today and there is a huge disconnect between many people and the food they eat. I used to work at a state park that was also a historic site. I would work in the garden some days and do demonstrations of historical cooking. I had people get grossed out that I was going to eat something that had "touched dirt" and a couple who were horrified that I was going to eat something cooked over a fire! Crazy.

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      Mazlan 3 years ago from Malaysia

      It never occurred to me that there is a link between the environment and us. I love swimming and fish is my favorite source of protein! So now I know why.

      Like your photo of the two pigeons. Well selected and perfect for this hub.

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      Marvin Parke 3 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Jodah. Thanks for confirming my beliefs. I really think we have a problem given that our diet is no longer driven by nature.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Another very important hub by you Rasta. People are being duped, lied to and being poisoned and made addicts just so the food companies can make bigger ever increasing profits. Don't worry about making your readers feel guilty, they need to be made accountable for the choices they make for themselves and their children. Thanks for sharing this information. Voted up.