I have looked over and over again for a definition or an explanation that makes me understand the difference between starvation and fasting and I haven't come across one yet. I read stupid things like (I'm paraphrasing) "If you stop eating involuntarily you are starving yourself, but if you stop eating voluntarily you are fasting. Fasting is healthy but starving is not. When starving you are anxious and very, very hungry but when fasting you feel fine and don't feel hungry or anxious." That's all just semantics. I could call roses cabbages, but roses don't change just because I've called them something different. So why, if I stop eating for 5 days, for example, is it different just because I decide to call it fasting? I'll still be very, very hungry. The actual physical effects on my body are no different. My body doesn't decide to work one way or another based on a dictionary definition. *Screams in rage and frustration because I just don't get it.* I also have health problems - I absorb nutrients poorly and have to take mineral and vitamin supplements. If I don't eat I'm going to become even more malnourished. Why is this good for me? Edit : I have never stopped eating for five days, by the way. I was just making up a hypothetical example.