Many times we eat to celebrate especially when it comes to birthdays, holidays, job promotions, weddings, etc. We will find just about any achievement to be celebration worthy and eat to commemorate it.
Other times, we let our emotions take over. When we’re stressed out, sad, angry, or lonely, we oftentimes turn to food to comfort us. Even staying on a planned diet can be stressful, especially when emotions creep in.
Our food obsessed culture with more food that we can handle waiting for us to consume it, it is hard not to overeat. Since young, we have been taught to clean our plates, not waste food and eat as much as we can to get the best out of a buffet deal.
It is a habit that not many people want to break. A habit that is comforting and feels good. The habit of overeating, be it compulsive or not, leads to a lot of health problems like the ones listed below.
- Low Self Esteem
- Passing Down The Habit
- Tooth Decay
- Bone Deterioration
- Erratic Immune System
- High Cholesterol
- High Blood Sugar (Hyperglycemia)
- High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
- Acid Reflux (Heartburn)
- Shortness of Breath (Hyperventilation)
- Chest Tightness
- Heart Disease
- Sleep Apnea
- Kidney Disease
- Irregular Menses
- Chronic Fatigue
- Money Wasted
Using food to feed emotional needs doesn’t solve your emotional problems. In fact, it can make them worse. Emotional eating might make you feel better in the short term, but in the long term it keeps you from meeting your emotional needs. Emotional eating only increases feelings of failure and depression.
Overeating can damage your relationships; it can effect your self esteem, making it more difficult to form intimate connections and develop or maintain social skills.
If you have children, they’ll learn to overeat themselves by watching you, and this can cause problems with overeating and obesity for them.
Overeating, as we all know, leads to belching. This is because the stomach normally contains air. When we overeat, the stomach attempts to relieve the discomfort and distension by expelling the stomach air upwards. This is a reflex over which we have no control. In certain situations like when you are in an enclosed space (eg:elevator), being the one responsible for the odor can be very embarrassing.
Nearly everyone has overindulged in good food once a while and has experienced the resulting abdominal discomfort. The pain, gas, indigestion and other symptoms often experienced after overeating can also impair your ability to focus on your work and other everyday tasks.
Constant eating, having food in your mouth for hours at a time, may also result in tooth decay.
Let’s be honest. The food that we tend to overeat on aren’t vegetables and fruits. Usually, the culprit is/are high sodium processed food, meat products, carbohydrates, alcohol and caffeine. You need protein to build strong bones, but when you eat too much protein, your body produces chemicals called sulfates that can cause calcium to leach out of the bones.
In a recent study of 31,527 Swedish women ages 40 to 76, conducted by the Swedish Department of Toxicology’s National Food Administration, researchers found that women who drink 330 milligrams of caffeine or more a day, four cups of coffee, have an increased risk of bone fractures.
Oxalates, another form of salt found in some foods, can prevent you from absorbing calcium if the oxalates and calcium are contained in the same food product.
Excessive drinking of alcoholic beverages is also associated with lower bone density because alcohol interferes with the absorption of calcium and vitamin D. There are 15 more negative health impacts associated with excessive alcoholic drinking, although you can reduce your alcohol consumption or even stop with these 16 ideas.
Blame the refrigerator rather than the gym for the world’s ever expanding waistlines. A new study shows that overeating alone can account for the obesity epidemic in America. Being obese is extremely unhealthy as you are risking yourself with these 9 types of diseases.
Overeating stimulates a usually dormant immune pathway in the brain. Once stimulated the brain then sounds the alarm for the immune system to battle invaders that aren’t really there. The overactive immune system then creates an inflammation response all over the body. Chronic inflammation leads to chronic disease like type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Cholesterol rises along with body weight. If we consume too many processed foods which may be high in rancid fat and trans fatty acids, the cholesterol in the blood often becomes rancid and ends up as plaque in artery walls.
Overeating can eventually decrease the body’s sensitivity to insulin, in part by disabling the body’s “sugar switch” which allows blood sugar to rise and lead to type 2 diabetes. Elevated high levels of serum glucose, in turn, make insulin resistance worse in a vicious cycle.
Normally, this ‘switch’ or enzymatic pathway shuts down the liver’s sugar production when insulin levels rise. But if blood sugar starts to go haywire due to habitual overeating or obesity, the body’s ‘sugar switch’ gets turned off.
Overeating may produce an intestinal fermentation or putrefaction, which will injure the kidneys and often cause an inflammation in them, with attendant effect on blood pressure.
The more you overeat, the more acid the stomach produces to aid digestion, and the more acid there is, the more likely it is that some of it will find its way past the barrier of the lower esophageal sphincter into the esophagus.
A lot of us tend to think that diabetes happens because you eat too much sugar, but the truth is that diabetes happens when you eat too much. All food regardless if it is protein, fat or carbohydrate, gets broken down into glucose. When you have insulin resistance and you overeat, the cells in your body are unable to absorb the extra glucose causing blood glucose levels to rise higher than an airplane.
When you overeat, the bloated stomach presses against the diaphragm causing shortness of breath.
When a person eats beyond his capability to digest the food, he ends up putting tremendous pressure on the digestive system and the stomach. This can lead to chest tightness. When you eat food that is more than the requirement of the body, the body begins to react in different ways and one of the main reactions or results is that of chest tightness.
When we eat, hormones are activated to function in digestion and food absorption. These hormones increase blood pressure, speed heart beat, and contain substances, such as seratonin, that aid in the formation of clots.
After eating a heavy meal, blood pressure rises. Elevated blood pressure can cause plaque to rupture and form a clot. High blood pressure also requires the heart to work harder to increase oxygen intake.
A meal that is high in fat puts pressure on the walls of the arteries. This poses another risk factor for rupture of plaque and blockage of circulation by a blood clot.
Insulin rises more rapidly after a heavy meal and inhibits normal relaxation of the coronary artery. This is yet another threat for plaque rupture and clot formation.
Sleep apnea is a condition in which while sleeping a person with this condition will experience during sleep periods of respiratory arrest which may last for short periods but long enough to cause hypoxia, which is basically the lack of oxygen supply to the tissues of the body including principally the brain. Sleep apnea is very frequent in individuals that are overweight and overeat. It is very dangerous because it can eventually lead to a heart condition and is a leading cause of arrhythmia in heart patients.
As an effect of overeating kidney disease is most likely related to some of the other conditions that occur with weight gain such as hypertension, diabetes and body chemistry abnormalities.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition, which is usually the result of old age and can worsen as a result of excess body weight from overeating. Rheumatoid arthritis, an inflammatory condition that may be aggravated by certain foods, usually affects women and involves multiple joints.
It is a well-known fact that malnutrition and over consumption of calories increase the risk of stroke.
Irregular menstrual periods are usually the result of hormonal irregularities. Excessive overeating is know to cause abnormal fluctuations in the hormone levels that regulate the menstrual cycle.
The heavier a persons weight, the more energy is required to move that weight around. Obese people tend to feel tired most of the time partly due to the extra weight they are carrying around and also due to imbalances in hormone and neurotransmitter levels.
Paying for more than you should consume is equal to wasting money that could have been better used.