Malnutrition in Today's Rapid Urbanization

by: Junji Takano

Updated: February 6, 2024

Our lifestyle has dramatically improved in today's civilized world. During the 1940s, many people suffered from malnutrition due to food shortages. Many of us were affected by and suffered from tuberculosis, anemia, pneumonia, cerebral hemorrhage, and bone fractures, which usually occur because of malnutrition.

Today, we have an abundance of food, and it's common to enjoy more than three meals a day.

However, medical authorities warn that cases of malnutrition are on the rise, particularly among the elderly, despite them consuming more than three meals daily.

So, what's really happening?

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Diseases such as tuberculosis, anemia, pneumonia, cerebral hemorrhage, bone fractures, and even common colds or influenza are likely caused by the malnutrition of the 21st century.


It's important to remember that your appetite and physical appearance are not accurate indicators of whether you are malnourished. Many people claim to have a good appetite and eat a lot. They may look fat and healthy. But that is wrong!

Malnutrition, in this case, means a "deficiency of protein". Clinically, if the albumin level in the blood is below 3.5 g/dL (grams per deciliter), an individual is considered malnourished. Albumin, which accounts for about 60% of blood serum proteins, is a type of protein.

As you may know, protein is essential for the growth and repair of various body tissues. A lack of protein can lead to diseases such as tuberculosis, anemia, pneumonia, cerebral hemorrhage, and bone fractures. Moreover, protein is a major factor in longevity.

Here are some important food items that you should consume each week:

  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Eggs
  • Milk (including yogurt and cheese)
  • Kelp (seaweeds)
  • Soybeans
  • Potatoes (including sweet potatoes)
  • Cassava and Taro
  • Fruits and vegetables

If you're not consuming enough of these foods over a one to two-week period, you might be at risk of nutritional deficiency.

Trivia for You: Healthy Foods

I receive hundreds of questions about the foods I eat every day because people say that I talk big as if I am the healthiest man. Of course, that is not true. The articles I write are merely about the daily happenings in our surroundings, and around me and my team.

The foods we eat may vary depending on where we live. But anyway, to satisfy your curiosity, here is what I typically consume each day:

  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2 bananas
  • 2 tablespoons of vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons of honey
  • 2 cups of brewed coffee
  • 2 chicken eggs
  • 200 grams of fish, especially tuna or sardine
  • A slice of beef, lamb, or chicken
  • Half a piece of tofu
  • 2 tablespoons of miso (fermented soybeans)
  • 20 grams of kelp
  • 1 potato, sweet potato, or taro
  • 2 tea bags of green tea
  • 2 pcs. of hot pepper
  • 50 grams of sprouts

The above list represents what I practically consume every day.

My daily diet primarily consists of rice, noodles, bread, and seasonal fruits and vegetables. I also enjoy indulging in cakes, ice cream, and chocolate occasionally. I seldom partake in alcoholic beverages such as liquor and beer.

I hope that the above information may guide you in maintaining a healthy and fit lifestyle, and contribute to a long life.

About the Author:

Junji Takano, the authorJunji Takano is a Japanese health researcher involved in investigating the cause of many dreadful diseases. In 1968, he invented PYRO-ENERGEN, the first and only electrostatic therapy machine that effectively eradicates viral diseases, cancer, and diseases of unknown cause.
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