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Repercussions of Overeating

Overeating

Too much of something is never good as it disrupts the equilibrium of the body. Keeping that in mind, we must realise that too much food also has severe consequences as it disturbs the nutrient balance, affecting our health drastically. No matter how much that tasty dish may tempt you, eating beyond your capacity can cause serious harm to one’s body. Here are a few repercussions of overeating that you must be aware of:

  • Trouble in Metabolism – Consumption of food in large quantities deteriorates the digestive system. Our bodies contain a molecule called RNA-Dependent Protein Kinase or PKR. This molecule identifies and fights viruses, but researchers say that if you over eat, it also attacks metabolism. When you eat too much, excess nutrients attack cells that contain PKR, and its response is to fight back by shutting down metabolism because all these extra nutrients are perceived as a threat. This can lead to metabolic disorders such as diabetes and obesity. Poorly functioning digestive systems lead to symptoms like nausea, dizziness and overall discomfort. Our body consists of a limited amount of blood and energy, and by overeating we simply cause over depletion which is detrimental to our health.
  • Weight Gain and Obesity – The first and most obvious sign of overeating is increase in body weight. When you intake more calories that your body can’t burn, they get stored as extra fat. Excess weight puts stress on the muscles which supports the body. This in turn causes body aches, fatigue and joint pains.
  • Mental Health Dangers – Persistent over eating can impact one’s mental health. Weight gain can cause one to lose self confidence which is somehow connected to how you look. In order to regain confidence they start to deprive themselves of food. What one fails to realise is that starving is not a solution. Instead it leads to even more harmful actions like binge eating. Over time, this may develop into stress, anxiety or even depression.
  • Disease Hazards – Overeating, particularly high fat, high calorie substances can increase one’s risk of heart disease and type-2 diabetes. Along with these, one may also develop high cholesterol, certain types of cancer, high blood pressure and other respiratory problems. These factors make one more prone to having a stroke.

Resisting temptation is not easy. Consulting a nutritionist or seeking diet counselling about one’s eating habits can help curb overeating. Balance and moderation are the two vital pillars of a well functioning digestive system and a hale and hearty you!

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