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This Is How Your Body Reacts To Starving

After 72 hours, your body starts to cannibalize its self.

Skipping a meal when you're pressed for time might not seem like a big deal, but your body starts feeling the effects sooner than you realize.

In the video above by ASAP Science, we discover how starvation affects our bodies over time. From the first six hours when you begin to feel hangry to the next 72 where your body starts cannibalizing itself to a week or two later when disease begins setting in.

But, perhaps the most shocking fact we learned during the 3:30 minute video was the amount of time the body can survive without sustenance. Most people cannot live more than 10 minutes without oxygen and some studies say humans can only survive four days without water. But when it comes to food, humans have been known to live without eating for up to 70 days.

While the idea of going more than eight hours without food seems horrible to us, it's sadly a reality for more than 790 million people around the world.

Watch the video above to find out how you can help. Oh, and for all you no-carb dieters, jump to the 1:15 minute mark to learn more about how your diet is affecting your brain.

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