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Fasting and starvation are two different terms commonly confused with each other.
Starvation means not eating or drinking altogether, while fasting means control and restrain of five sensory and five motor senses.
During fasting, one may continue eating or drinking but under discipline. Vedic fasting or spiritual fasting is mentioned in Karam Kanda in Yajurveda. Every fast in our mythology has a scientific basis and rituals are added so that the common man can follow it.