Here are 6 disastrous things that happen to your body when you overeat
By NCVC Staff | Published on Sep 21, 2023
We’ve all experienced those moments when we’re so hungry that we forget how much we’ve eaten. And the result? Severe bloating, discomfort, and relentless gas. Overeating is something that happens occasionally, but if it becomes a regular habit, it’s time to seek help.
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We understand that we all have daily caloric requirements. When we exceed that limit, it not only leads to weight gain but also increases the risk of health problems like diabetes and high blood pressure.
However, it’s important to remember that overeating is also considered an eating disorder. If you find yourself unable to break this habit, seeking assistance is essential. In fact, individuals with certain nutritional deficiencies are more prone to overeating.
Not keeping a watchful eye on the quantity of food we consume can significantly impact our organ function. If prolonged, it can become highly dangerous. It’s crucial for everyone to understand how much food our bodies require at any given time.
Here’s How to Determine Your Ideal Caloric Intake
According to Dr. Aparna Govil Bhasker, a laparoscopic and bariatric surgeon at prestigious hospitals in Mumbai, the recommended daily calories vary depending on an individual’s physical activity levels. Physically active individuals have higher requirements, while those with a sedentary lifestyle have lower requirements.
Caloric needs also differ based on factors such as gender and age. The requirements for younger and older individuals are notably distinct.
“On average, a person’s daily caloric requirement ranges from 1,700 to 2,800 calories. A balanced diet should include adequate amounts of protein, fat, carbohydrates, and fiber. Make an effort to incorporate fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, pulses, legumes, and beans into your diet, while consuming controlled portions. This approach prevents weight gain and helps maintain blood sugar levels. Avoid excessive consumption of processed, salty, and sugary foods,” advises Dr. Bhasker.
But what happens if you don’t keep track of your daily caloric intake? Let’s find out.
The Consequences of Overeating
1. Feeling Sluggish, Drowsy, or Tired
When you overeat, your stomach expands beyond its normal capacity to accommodate the excessive food intake. This expansion puts pressure on other organs, leading to discomfort, tiredness, drowsiness, and bloating.
2. Nausea and Indigestion
Regular overeating can result in nausea and indigestion. Consuming more food than your stomach can handle may lead to vomiting and constant feelings of queasiness.
Overeating causes your stomach to produce more hydrochloric acid in an attempt to break down excessive food. This excess acid can move up into your food pipe, causing heartburn and acid reflux. Foods high in fat, such as fried foods, cheesy dishes, and spicy gravies, are notorious triggers for heartburn.
4. Insulin Resistance and Fatty Liver
Consistently overeating can lead to insulin resistance, a precursor to various metabolic diseases. Fatty liver is one such condition that arises from excessive food consumption. If left unaddressed, it can progress to more severe liver disorders like nonalcoholic steato-hepatitis.
Overeating is a major contributor to obesity, which comes with a host of health issues. Excessive caloric intake, without balancing it out with physical activity, leads to weight gain. Obesity puts individuals at a higher risk for metabolic conditions such as diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and PCOD.
“Consuming excess calories from carbohydrates and fats can significantly increase body fat percentage,” advises Dr. Bhasker.
6. Impaired Brain Function
Overeating and obesity can have detrimental effects on cognitive health, particularly in individuals with excess weight.
So, ladies, it’s time we learn the art of portion control to prevent these issues and lead a healthy life.