The Dangers of Overeating: Health Risks and Tips

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Excessive eating of any food regardless of its wholesomeness injures the whole system. If you let your appetite control you then you let it ruin your body. Sometimes you are unaware that you are the one causing your body to get sick. Overeating has ill-effects in the whole system since your organs work together to get a better health. So, let us see The Dangers of Overeating: Health Risks and Tips.

Overeating: Short-term Side-Effects

Here are immediate side-effects of overeating you may never have known.

1. Stomach is Overtaxed

One of the vital organs directly affected by overeating is the stomach. If you take too much food, the stomach is overtaxed and enfeebled that it cannot do its work properly. When this happens, it calls the vitality from other parts of the system to help in the work of digestion.

2. Brain is Weakened

Another vital organ that is greatly affected by overeating is the brain. If you overeat, the brain nerve power is called to assist the digestive organs in disposing of the excessive amount of food forced into the stomach. The vital force of the brain is required to aid the stomach in its burden making the brain power weakened and benumb its sensibilities.

3. Liver is Stressed

The impact of overeating also happens in the liver. All that is taken into the stomach, above what the system can use to convert into good blood, clogs the machinery (your body). Hence, the food cannot be made into either flesh or blood and its presence burdens the liver.[1] When the liver is overtaxed, it cannot throw off impurities or toxins in the blood which is one of its vital function. Thus, overeating when becomes a habit can lead to liver damage and sickness is the result.

Overeating Long-term Side Effects

1. Obesity

Overeating leads to obesity. In order to do your daily tasks, you need calories from the food you eat. However, if you overeat, the tendency is you exceed the intake of calories and worst is that you don’t do much physical activity to burn those excess calories. Typically, an average woman needs 2000 calorie a day to maintain his weight without exercise while an average man needs 2500 calories to maintain his weight without exercise. [2]

2. High Blood Pressure

Overeating causes putrefaction or fermentation in the gut which will injure the kidneys and often cause an inflammation in those organs (hindering their vital function) and has ill-effect on blood pressure.

3. Diabetes

A study posted on Journal of Biological Chemistry shows that overeating impairs the ability of brain insulin function, a mechanism that can lead to diabetes and obesity.

Moreover, Dr. Buettner MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology, Diabetes and Bone Disease) states that “the loss of brain insulin action could be an underlying cause for the unrestrained lipolysis (the breakdown of fats and other lipids by hydrolysis to release fatty acids) that is seen early on in the development of diabetes mellitus type 2.

4. Acid Reflux

Acid Reflux or GERD (Gastro-Esophageal-Reflux-Disease) is a long-term condition where stomach contents come back up into the esophagus resulting in either symptoms or complications. [3] Overeating requires the stomach to produce more acid to fully digest the massive amount of food you ingested. That’s not all, when you overeat; the acid released by the stomach remains longer until it is done digesting. People who overeats will experience regurgitation (expulsion of material from the pharynx, or esophagus, usually characterized by the presence of undigested food or blood), a symptom of acid reflux.

5. Heart Problems

Before you start eating any meal, you should think whether the food served will fill your body’s needs and not just to satisfy hunger. Why is that? Whether you like it or not, the food you ingest contributes a great factor to your health. To overeat is like storing your body more calories, and more calories not burned means more fats. Accordingly, people who are overweight or obese have a higher risk of metabolic syndrome, a group of conditions linked to heart disease.

Furthermore, a study suggests that heavy meals are linked to heart attacks.

6. Fatty Liver

As mentioned earlier, overeating overtaxed your liver. And it cannot throw off toxins out of the bloodstream, thus impurities remain in the blood. That being said, frequent overeating will damage your liver in the long run.

Tips to Avoid Overeating

1. Chew the Food Slowly

To avoid overeating, you need to chew the food slowly and properly. Chewing the food slowly will allow the saliva to mix with the food which helps in digestion. Also, when you chew slowly, you will feel full after eating less food.

2. Eat Meals At Right time

It is necessary to eat your meals at right times. Do not let yourself get hungry before you eat as this will encourage overeating.

3. Eat Wholesome Foods

As much as possible ingest only foods that have nutritional values. Foods that your body needs to keep a healthy state. Essentially, try to avoid acidic foods including processed foods, refined sugar, white flour, beer, and soft drinks.

4. Get Enough Sleep

Adequate sleep will help reduce cravings. On the other hand, sleep deprivation triggers a chemical reaction that increases people’s hunger levels and desire for salty and sweet snacks. [4]

5. Manage Stress

On top of these tips, you also need to control stress levels before you get a meal. Why do you need to do that? People who are under stress tend to eat more than what your body needs. Stress hormones trigger increased appetite and crave more sugary foods.


All in all, overeating weakens the physical, mental and moral faculties of the soul. It has worse effects than overworking; the energies of the soul are more effectually prostrated by intemperate eating than by intemperate working.[5] It is likened to drunkenness which results to faintness, “goneness”, as though you need to eat more when it is just the after-effect of overeating.

“Everything that conflicts natural law creates a disease condition of the body”. [6] Therefore, we ought to take good care of our body and make it a habit not to OVEREAT!


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