What problems can overeating cause?
Weight Gain and Obesity
Weight gain is common when you eat a binge. Two-thirds of people with overeating conditions are overweight.
You add on extra pounds in a short amount of time by eating tons of food and not burning off the calories with exercise. Being overweight or obese can also raise the chances of having long-term health problems like:
- Various forms of cancer
- Heart disease
- High Blood pressure
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Sleep apnea (breathing that stops many times during the night)
Overeating has a negative impact on your sleep.
Your circadian clock that controls your sleep cycles, causing your sleep and starvation hormone levels to rise and fall. Overeating can disrupt your circadian rhythm, making it hard for you to sleep through the night.
Being overweight makes it difficult for your heart to pump blood to your body and lungs.
Having fats, especially around the stomach, increases your risk of high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and high cholesterol. All of these things increase your risk of heart attack and stroke.
Why does your chest hurt after eating too much?
Chest pain is a typical symptom that is experienced when you feel pain in the front area of your body between the upper abdomen and the neck. It may show any kind of pain or discomfort in your neck or abdomen and may occur at any time.
This pain or discomfort is most commonly experienced by middle-aged people who may be ill, have an unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, acid reflux or problems with the heart or lungs.
Experiencing chest pain after eating is a good sign that you either have eaten too much or have eaten the wrong kind of food.
The following are some of the most common food components that cause chest pain:
Too much sugar
Too much sugar intake can cause a lot of difficulties for our bodies, such as heart disease, obesity, dental problems, heart palpitations, diabetes, chest pain, and many other conditions.
Stomach cramps can occur hours after consuming too much sugar. Too much sugar consumption can also induce uncomfortable body heat.
Sugar helps your body produce tons of water, leaving you dehydrated. Stomach cramps may warn you the heat can exhaust you.
Too much oily food
When we eat fatty foods like fried foods, the sheer volume of fat puts a lot of pressure on our digestive system.
Fat is very slowly digested, and it requires enzymes and digestive juices to break down. Everything from medication to stress can lower the levels of these digestive juices, so many people are deficient to start with. Add fat, and your digestive system will work overtime, often leading to bloating, nausea, and chest discomfort.
Too much junk food
Junk food causes chest pain when junk food isn’t properly digested, which happens easily, as junk foods usually contain a lot of fat or sugar or both. It’s also very easy to eat too much, when eating junk food.
Chest discomfort can also happen when the acidity of junk food combines during digestion with the acidity of your stomach acids as it enters the intestines triggering acid reflux – often called “heartburn”.
Most junk foods contain lipids (fat molecules), which are larger molecules than protease and carbohydrates, which means that junk food is the most common cause of acid reflux.
How to relieve chest pain after eating too much?
Since chest pain after overeating is related to eating, it’s all about food going down your gullet, your esophagus. The first treatment involves the use of acid suppressants or proton pump inhibitors. However it’s far better to switch to a healthy diet and prevent chest pain caused by overeating, instead of trying to handle the symptoms with medication.
How to prevent overeating?
Fill your plate with healthy foods, such as leafy vegetables, which do not increase your calories, but have fiber and make you feel sated.
In addition, there are a lot of protein-rich foods, such as eggs, cheese, lean meat, fish, and beans, rather than foods that are mostly carbohydrates.
These foods stay longer than carbohydrates in your system. Too many carbohydrates can increase the level of glucose in your system and then drop. This tends to make you feel hungry again, leading you to overeat.
To prevent this from happening, at any time you eat carbs, make sure you also include a large amount of protein so that the glucose levels in your body are balanced.
Most chest problems caused by overeating is related to acid reflux. Read our article about diet for acid reflux to see what you can do to eliminate the root cause of reflux.
Is overeating an addiction?
The effects of certain foods on the brain make it difficult for some people to avoid them. Food addiction is similar to other types addictions,
That’s why some people can’t control themselves about certain types of food, no matter how hard they try.
Although they do not want to, they may repeatedly find themselves taking large amounts of unsafe food.