5 ways overeating can adversely affect your health

Overeating can harm our health in ways more than one. It can rupture the stomach and can cause changes in the overall body composition. The study published in the American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology and Metabolism says that overeating occasionally does not cause any side effect but if done regularly it can affect your weight, fat concentration and blood sugar levels.

Excessive fat accumulation

Overeating frequently can slow down your digestion, which in turn would lead to storage of food into your stomach for a longer period of time, promoting the extra fat storage in the body. Getting more nutrients than what you need can also lead to weight gain and obesity.

It can lead to diabetes

Overeating can lead to being overweight, which increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, says American Diabetes Association. Chronic overeating stops the blood cells to convert blood glucose into energy and make it hard to control the blood sugar levels, increasing the risk of diabetes.

Disrupts sleep

Overeating can lead to lethargy and affect one’s sleeping pattern. Eating too much can also cause stomach discomfort and make it difficult for you to sleep.

Increases cardiovascular health risk

Binge eating can increase your chance of heart disease. Overeating can release the stress hormone, which in turn increases the heart rate and blood pressure.

People who already have heart disease increase their risk of heart attack increases by 4 times, if they overeat frequently.

Can impair brain function

Too many calories can cause memory loss and decline mental faculties. Overeating can disrupt the production of uroguanylin, a hormone that helps transmit signals of fullness to the brain.

Tips to prevent overeating

– Pay attention to food while eating. Many people tend to overeat as they do not practice mindful eating.

– Eat slowly and chew your food properly for better digestion.

– Eat fibre rich food as it keeps you fuller for longer.

– Include a protein-rich diet to reduce the hunger level of hunger regulating hormone ghrelin.

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