• Question: how long would we be able to go without 1.food and 2.water?

    Asked by chalice242 to Colin, John, Kevin, Shikha, Triona on 13 Nov 2014.
    • Photo: Shikha Sharma

      Shikha Sharma answered on 13 Nov 2014:

      Hi Chalice242,
      Without food: The duration of survival without food depends on various factors like body weight, genetic variation, other health considerations and, most importantly, the presence or absence of dehydration. At the age of 74, Mahatma Gandhi, the famous nonviolent leader of Indian independence movement, survived 21 days of total starvation while only allowing himself sips of water. Doctors believe that healthy humans can go up to eight weeks without food as long as they have water.
      Without water: The human body is made from cells, bones, organs, and fluids. A person can survive only three to five days without water, in some cases people have survived for an average of one week. Once the body is deprived of fluids the cells and organs in the body begin to deteriorate. Another disadvantage of the body being deprived of water is the lack of oxygen and nutrients that water carries throughout the body. Water is used to flush impurities out of the body.
      So both are really important for our body. Never try hunger strike 😛

    • Photo: Kevin Motherway

      Kevin Motherway answered on 19 Nov 2014:

      People have lasted between 30 to even 60 days without food, but without water you won’t last more than 3 to 4 days!