Do you live to eat instead of living to live? We have a complex relationship with food, influenced by price availability, availability, and sometimes even peer pressure. However, we all have a common appetite or desire to consume food. An increase in appetite could be a psychological or physical dimension. Still, although hunger – the body’s way of making us crave food when it needs nourishment is an element of hunger, it’s not the only reason. In reality, we frequently consume food when we’re not hungry, or we may skip meals even when we feel hungry. Recently, a study has shown that the abundance of food-related signals – sounds, smells, advertising, and smells – that we encounter daily is among the primary reasons for overconsumption.

Our appetites aren’t fixed. They fluctuate as we grow older. However, since our choices of foods will be a significant element in our health and well-being throughout our life, it’s crucial to adopt the proper routines. As Shakespeare may have stated that it’s true that there are seven different ages of hunger, and having a better understanding of these phases will aid in developing strategies to tackle the issue of overeating and under-consumption as well as the adverse health effects like weight gain that can result from.

First decade

At the beginning of childhood, the body undergoes rapid growth. A pattern of eating habits developed during the early years can carry on into adulthood, causing an overweight child to turn into a fat adult. Fear of food or aversion to it could contribute to mealtime problems for parents with young children. However, tasting repeatedly while in a supportive environment can aid children in learning about food items that are not well-known but essential such as vegetables.

Children need to be able to control their eating, especially regarding the size of their portions. Parents’ pressure to “clear the plate” can cause kids to lose the ability to be aware of their appetite and hunger signals, leading to eating more in later life. There is a growing demand for the government to ensure that children are protected from targeted ads for junk food not only on TV but also on social media, apps, and video blogs, as advertisements for food increase consumption, which can lead to being overweight.

It is crucial to help kids develop healthy eating habits early. Sharomka/Shutterstock

Second decade

In the teen years, a rise in weight and appetite fueled by hormones signals the beginning of puberty and the transition from childhood to adulthood. How a teenager eats during this time of change determines their choices for lifestyle in the years to come. So, adolescents’ choices are integrally connected to their health and that of the next generation. They will have to be parents too. Unfortunately, if their parents do not guide them, teenagers could adopt eating habits and food choices that could have harmful consequences.

There is a need for more research to find the most effective methods for combating the growing burden of obesity and under-nutrition and under-nutrition, with particular attention to the relationship between poverty and social inequalities. Young women have a higher risk of much more likely being affected by nutritional deficiency than men due to the nature of their reproductive biological characteristics. Pregnant girls are also more at risk because their body is growing in opposition to the growing fetus.


Third decade

As we get older, life modifications that can lead to weight gain include attending college, getting married, having a relationship with a partner, and becoming parents. When body fat is accumulated, it cannot be easy to shed because the body emits strong signals to consume food when we consume less energy than we need. However, the calls to keep us from overeating are weaker and can result in a cycle of excessive consumption. Numerous psychological and physiological factors make it easier to sustain over time.

A new area of focus is the development of satisfaction or the feeling of having had enough food. This can be helpful when trying to lose weight since feeling hungry is among the biggest obstacles to reducing your food intake to what your body tells you you should- bringing in a “calorie deficit.” Different foods transmit various signals to your brain. For instance, it’s not difficult to consume a tub of ice cream, as fat does not trigger signals in the brain that tell us to quit eating. However, foods containing fiber, water, or protein content can help us feel fuller for extended periods. The food industry allows us to determine the future of food and snacks by influencing them positively.

Fourth decade

Working in adulthood brings additional problems: not only an upset stomach as well as the consequences of stress, which has been found to trigger changes in eating habits and appetite within 80 percent of people, which is equally split between those who eat a lot and those who have lost their appetite. The various strategies for coping are interesting: the concept known as “food addiction” – an uncontrollable urge to consume certain foods that are high in calories isn’t well-understood. Some researchers doubt the existence of it. Other personality traits, like conscientiousness and perfectionist tendencies, could also contribute to mediating stress and eating habits.

The workplace environment should be designed to decrease unhealthy eating patterns like snacking or vending machines is a significant challenge. Employers should encourage healthier eating habits for efficient and healthy employees – specifically, methods of dealing with stress and stressful situations.

Fifth decade

Our bodies are creatures of routine and often refuse to change our choices even when we know that it’s beneficial for us. The term diet is derived from the Greek phrase digital, which means “way of life, mode of living,” Yet we would like to eat whatever we want without altering our routine and be healthy in physique and a healthy mind.

There is a wealth of evidence that suggests that diet is one of the significant contributors to ill health. The World Health Organisation highlights smoking, unhealthy diets, physical inactivity, and problem consumption as the most important lifestyle factors affecting health and death rates. During these years, people need to alter their lifestyles according to what their bodies dictate. However, symptoms of illness are typically inaccessible – like high cholesterol or blood pressure – and many do not take action.

As we age, it becomes more crucial to eat correctly and regularly, but sometimes the motivation to eat healthily diminishes.

Sixth decade

Progressive muscle loss occurs at a rate of 0.5-1 percent per year after the 50th birthday starts and continues to increase through old age. This is known as sarcopenia and decreased physical activity, eating less protein than the requirements for protein, and the menopausal cycle for women can accelerate the loss of muscle mass. A balanced, healthy lifestyle and regular exercise are essential to minimize the effects of aging, and the growing demand for tasty, affordable, higher-protein foods still needs to be fulfilled. Foods high in protein could be an ideal way to boost protein intake in older people. However, there are currently only a few options specifically designed to meet the needs and preferences of older people.

Seventh decade

The biggest challenge of our time with increasing longevity is maintaining the quality of our lives. Otherwise, we’ll end up in a society with very old and disabled, or even infirm. Nutritional health is crucial since aging brings low appetite and insufficient hunger, which can lead to unintentional weight loss and increased vulnerability. A decrease in appetite may also arise from illness, like the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.

The food we eat is a social event as well as changing circumstances like the loss of a spouse or family member and eating for oneself can affect the pleasure gained from eating. Other effects of aging, like swallowing issues or dental issues, a loss of the taste of food, and the smell (” sans teeth … sans taste“), can interfere with eating and the benefits that come from it.

We must remember that all through the day, food isn’t only fuel but also an experience of culture and social interaction to enjoy. We are all food experts, and we are doing it daily. We should therefore take every meal as an opportunity to savor our food and enjoy the benefits that eating healthy foods can have on our health.