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The diet-maniac generation
Dieting is the penalty we have to pay for exceeding the food limit. In the Middle Ages they had guillotines, stretch racks, whips and chains. Nowadays, we have a much more effective torture device called dieting.

BUT DIETING now is a mania with many young men and women. To be more beautiful and more attractive is their aim. But such things done in extreme form can make one sick for ever. Women doing overmuch dieiting may even lose child bearing capacity.

This is what happened to Valeria Levitina, who is the thinnest woman in the world. In an article published in Pravda on October 18, her story has been published. At the age of  39, she weighs only 25 kilos (55lb). Her mother calls her daughter a living corpse, which, of course, sounds harsh, but the woman does look like a mummy. Valeria looks like that because of extreme diet that she started herself. She went on that diet to be more beautiful and attractive to men. Nowadays, Valeria's life has turned into a nightmare. She now can hardly feel the taste of food. Valeria dreams of motherhood. Being unable to give birth to her own baby, the woman seriously considers surrogacy now. Low-calorie diets usually produce an energy deficit of 500–1,000 calories per day, which can result in a 0.5 kilogram (1.1 lb) to 1 kilogram (2.2 lb) weight loss per week. 

It is alarming that nowadays some school children practice dieting and these children score lower on intelligence tests and often struggle in school. They  do not  achieve their cognitive potential. The freshness and quality of food matters more than just being full, in particular when children are young and developing.

Similar discoveries were made in an Australian study published in August. It found that while eating healthily can give a boost to intelligence, toddlers on a diet of drinks and sweets were less bright as they got older. By the age of eight the ‘junk food’ children had IQs up to two points lower than their healthy counterparts, according to the researchers from the University of Adelaide.

An American study, published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health in 2010, showed that children who consume junk food such as pizza, chips and biscuits before the age of three may end up having lower IQs than children who ate home-cooked meals with fruit and vegetables. Diets to promote weight loss  are generally divided into four categories: low fat, low carbohydrate, low calorie, and very low calorie.

Those who practice dieting do not have proper awareness of all these differences. They easily become sick and sometimes such sickness is incurable like that of Valeri Lavitina of Russia. She was a beautiful woman. But in going to practice dieting she loses everything of her life. Now she is a wreck.

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