The Effects of Overeating

For most of us, the holiday season is a joyous time. But it can also be a time where we let ourselves over eat. Some over indulge will not hurt you, and it usually is part of the festive season. But if we find ourselves over indulging past the holidays, we could be suffering from over eating.

Overeating is an actual disorder! It is a disorder which affects our physical health, but also causes a lot of stress on our mental and emotional wellbeing too. For some us, we may over eat simply because it is the holiday season, and some of us over eat when we are bored. Sometimes as a women, we have an increased need to eat when it’s the time of the month, or for some, certain medications can increase our hunger. Emotional eating is something most of us do. We all know someone who gets hangry… right? But when this gets out of control, there may be an underlying issue!

Some of the negative effects of excessive food consumption includes:

  • Weight gain. This is the most obvious physical result. Weight gain is usually the first symptom we notice from over eating. We are all aware of the effects carrying extra weight can have. There is increased risk of disease, but excessive weight also puts a lot of stress on our bodies muscles.
  • Loss of confidence. Its common when someone suddenly puts on extra weight for them to notice the change and start to become anxious and more aware of they look and are portrayed to the public. This has negative effects on our self esteem. This can lead to a spiral downfall of further issues as trying to then deprive food.
  • Emotional eating is taken to the extreme. No longer are just eating because we feel overwhelmed from a hard day at work. When suffering from over eating, we start associate foods with feelings, and start to eat to feel good for a moment in time. This prevents emotional contentment

Disclaimer: Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss. Consult with your health care processional before beginning any diet or exercise regime.

Tammy Kacev
Nutrition Expert

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