It seems like being overweight could ruin not just your self-esteem, but also your dental health.
This is according to a study which was conducted in Japan. 800 university undergraduates participated in the study wherein information was gathered about their eating habits and the state of their oral health. The participants were placed in groups and classified as underweight, normal weight and overweight, accordingly. The weight classification was then correlated with the level of the participants instances of gum disease.
The results of that study suggest that the students who subsisted primarily on fatty diets and did not incorporate vegetables in their diets were the ones with the highest risk of having severe, tooth-threatening gum disease. Those students were classified as underweight or of normal weight did not have the same high level of risk. It should be noted, too, that overweight individuals who ate a lot of vegetables had a lower risk for having severe gum disease as compared to their counterparts who ate primarily fatty meals.
Impact on Developing Countries
This is something of which young adults who are from developing countries should take note. With obesity rates skyrocketing, this would mean that a huge chunk of the population could also be at risk for severe gum disease. The explanation for the results of the study could have something to do with the entire college experience.
College is one of the most exciting phases in a person’s life, what with all of the alcohol and fast food that one is exposed to while in the process of getting a degree. These fatty, takeaway foods are the types of food which an average reasonable college student would live on, and while these food choices might seem the most convenient given their hectic schedules, the stipends that they live on, and the limitations imposed by the dormitories, eating fat-laden foods could have damaging long-term effects.
Healthy Food Need Not Be Expensive
The study sheds light on the importance of having healthy university canteens wherein undergraduate students can have access to diets which allow them to eat vegetables and fruits, and steers them away from high-fat diets which could be harmful not just to the waistline but also to their oral health as evidenced by the study.
Fiber and Oral Health
The action of fiber on teeth and gums is that they serve as natural bristles which get rid of any food debris which may be stuck in between teeth. At the same time, they also stimulate gums to keep them pink and healthy, and prevents the build-up of plaque, which is the substance implicated in gum diseases.
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