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Factors that determine how long a person lives without food

BY: David Prakash Kumar | Category: Food and Drinks | Post Date: 2009-11-21

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A person can live without food for a few days, but cannot survive for more than a few days without water. There are many people who go on a fast and there are other people who may not fast, but starve for the sake of religious practices or even for a cause. Others may starve to make sure that they reduce weight. Though starving and going without food is not the best option, this article gives a list of factors that determine the duration for which a person can live without food.

The various factors that determine how long a person lives without food and the explanation why they are important are:

1. The age of the person:

The age of the person who has not been eating plays a major role in the duration for which the person can live without the food. This is because when the person is old, there may be various pathologies that are present in the person and this can cause the person to die sooner. So the age is a major determinant on the duration for which the person lives without food.

2. The health condition of the person:

The health condition of the person who has not had food for many days is also a very important factor if the person is going to live for a longer time. If the person has been having various health problems, then the person may not be able to live for a very long time. This is because when there is a existing disease that is present in the person, then it can get exacerbated or the disease can cause the person to die sooner.

3. The liquid that is taken by the person:

The liquid diet that the person is taking is also very important to determine the duration for which the person will live while on a fast. If the person takes only water, then the life may not be prolonged for a lot of time. If the person is also provided adequate health care including intravenous fluids, then the essential salts that are required for the regular body function is provided by the fluids that are infused and the person can live for a longer period of time.

4. The activity that the person does:

The duration for which a person lives while fasting and not taking any food is also dependent on the activity that the person does. There are some people who do a lot of activities even though they are not eating any food. This makes them more vulnerable and they may die sooner. When the person does minimal activity and is on a bed for a longer period of time, then the calories expended are less and the person may live for a longer period of time.

These are the various factors that determine the duration for which the person lives without food. There may be other factors too that determine this, but it is not general and depends on the individual person's lifestyle.

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About Author / Additional Info: I am a physiotherapist and also a freelance writer. I have been writing for many blogs and websites and also take up freelance assignments. Comments are welcome at prakashdavid@rediffmail.com

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