The science of hunger.

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    Hunger is powerful, even used as a weapon. As in tribal warfare or as in hunger strike, amongst others. But how does hunger work? Why is it that hungry people would even eat bugs and dirt, whilst at other times can do hunger strike and starve themselves. What is the difference between the two? That in one hunger is unbearable and in the other it is a choice?
     
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    Actually, yeah. Being so dedicated to an ideal CAN cause people to go against their own survival instinct, meaning they will starve themselves to death.

    People who aren't driven by ideals but rather forced into hunger because of various situations still have their survival instinct intact because they haven't repressed it, meaning that when they get hungry enough they will seek out anything to keep them alive.
     
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    Hunger is a natural defense mechanism triggered by your nervous system telling your brain "Hey, I'm consuming muscle here! Need some food!" Hunger strikers through mental control and their dedication to a cause can suppress the bodies' hunger signals and refuse food. They are two different things.
     
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    Why do you ask ??

    Are you expecting a Malthusian disaster sometime soon ??
     
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    There will always be lots of food around as long as there is overpopulation.

    Just look around.

    It's all on two hoofs and stands upright.
     
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    The physical sensation of the hunger itself probably feels the same, whether you choose to be hungry or not, but in the case that you choose to do it, you must probably think of yourself as unimportant compared to the greater good (as defined by you), as "expendable." That goes against your survival instinct, which is programmed to look out for your own survival (also for a greater good: the survival of your whole species). So I think it must take a lot of mental strength to get to the point where you can do something as extreme as starve yourself to death. There are also other situations where people let themselves go hungry, but to a much lesser degree, e.g. when trying to lose weight. The fact that it is so uncomfortable to make your body adjust to a lesser food intake is one reason why a lot of diets fail. The motive is high (better health, beach body, etc.), but hard to do, because your will alone does not have anywhere near as much power as your survival instinct.
     

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