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In general terms, eating is the process of consuming something edible.

Typical practices

Most homes have a kitchen or cooking area devoted to preparation of meals and food, and many also have a dining room or another designated area for eating. Dishware, silverware, drinkware for eating and cookware and other implements for cooking come in an almost infinite array of forms and sizes. Most societies also have restaurants and food vendors, so that people may eat when away from home, lack the time to prepare food, or wish to use eating as a social occasion. Occasionally, such as at potlucks and festivals, eating is in fact the primary purpose of the social gathering. A kitchen is a room used for food preparation. ... A meal is an instance of eating, specifically one that takes place at a specific time and includes specific, prepared food. ... A dining room is a room for eating. ... Dishware is a general term for objects—dishes—from which people eat or serve food, such as plates and bowls. ... Starch-polyester disposable cutlery Cutlery refers to any hand utensil used in preparing, serving, and especially eating food. ... Drinkware is a general term for the class of vessels from which people drink. ... cast-iron iron enamel stainless steel The cooking pan is a type of food preparation utensil commonly found in the kitchen which includes many more specific cooking vessels such as saucepans and frying pans (or fry pans). ... Toms Diner, a restaurant in New York familiarized by Suzanne Vega and the television sitcom Seinfeld A restaurant is an establishment that serves prepared food and beverages to be consumed on the premises. ... A potluck or potluck dinner is a gathering of people for a meal where most of the participants bring food to be shared among everyone at the gathering. ...

Most individuals have fairly regular daily patterns of eating, and commonly most eating occurs during two to three meals per day, with snacks consisting of smaller amounts of food being consumed in between. The issue of healthy eating has long been a important concern to individuals and cultures. Among other practices, fasting, dieting, and vegetarianism are all techniques employed by individuals and encouraged by societies to increase longevity and health. A snack food is seen in Western culture as a type of food that is not meant to be eaten as part of one of the main meals of the day (breakfast, lunch, supper). ... Healthful eating is the act of following a balanced nutritional diet. ... Fasting is the act of willingly (and generally briefly) abstaining from all food and in some cases drink, or in other cases from certain types or groups of food (e. ... Dieting is the practice or habit of eating (and drinking) in a regulated fashion, usually with the aim of losing weight. ... Vegetarianism is a dietary practice characterized by the exclusion of all body parts of any animal and products derived from animal carcasses (such as lard, tallow, gelatin, and cochineal), from ones diet. ...


Physiologically, eating is generally triggered by hunger, but there are numerous physical and psychological conditions that can affect appetite and disrupt normal eating patterns. These include depression, food allergies, bulimia, anorexia nervosa, pituitary gland misfunction and other endocrine problems, and numerous other illnesses and eating disorders. Hunger is applied literally to the need or craving for food; it can also be applied metaphorically to cravings of other sorts. ... The appetite is the desire to eat food, felt as hunger. ... Clinical depression is a health condition of depression with mental and physical components reaching criteria generally accepted by clinicians. ... An allergy or Type I hypersensitivity is an immune malfunction whereby a persons body is hypersensitised to react immunologically to typically nonimmunogenic substances. ... Bulimia nervosa, more commonly known as bulimia, is a psychological condition in which the subject engages in recurrent binge eating followed by intentionally doing one or more of the following in order to compensate for the intake of the food and prevent weight gain: vomiting inappropriate use of laxatives, enemas... Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by voluntary starvation and exercise stress. ... Located at the base of the skull, the pituitary gland is protected by a bony structure called the sella turcica. ... The endocrine system is a control system of ductless endocrine glands that secrete chemical messengers called hormones that circulate within the body via the bloodstream to affect distant organs. ... Illness can be a synonym for disease or it can be a persons perception of having poor health. ...

A chronic lack of nutritious food can cause various illnesses, and will eventually lead to starvation. When this happens in a locality on a massive scale it is considered a famine. Nutrition is the study of the relationship between diet and states of health and disease. ... Starvation is a severe reduction in vitamin, nutrient, and energy intake, and is the most extreme form of malnutrition. ... A famine is a phenomenon in which a large percentage of the population of a region or country are undernourished and death by starvation becomes increasingly common. ...

If eating and drinking is not possible, as is often the case when recovering from surgery, alternatives are enteral nutrition and parenteral nutrition. Drinking is the act of consuming a liquid through the mouth. ... A typical modern surgery operation For other meanings of the word, see Surgery (disambiguation) Surgery (from the Greek cheirourgia - lit. ... In pharmacology and toxicology, a route of administration is the path by which a drug, fluid, poison or other substance is brought into contact with the body 1. ... Total parenteral nutrition (TPN), also called hyperalimentation, is the practice of feeding a person without using the gut. ...

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