With fast food outlets at every corner and supermarkets within a few kilometers of most homes, you are not at risk of going hungry; rather, you are in danger of eating too much. It can be tricky to make healthy food choices when you have all these tasty options surrounding you. However, making an effort to choose the nutritious foods in their right proportions can save you from personal physical injuries and chronic illnesses related to overeating.
It is generally advisable to fill your plate with small portions of nutrient-dense, low-calorie foods such as vegetables, fruits, lean meats, whole grains, to avoid overeating and still feel satisfied. On the contrary, eating too much junk can lead to unhealthy weight gain, which is associated with a series of illnesses and injuries
What happens when you overeat?
When you eat too much at once, your stomach stretches beyond its normal capacity. Before you start enjoying your delicious dinner, your stomach is often the size of your clenched fist. So, before you shovel a plate-full down your stomach, take another look at your clenched hand, and compare it with your food on the plate. Overextending the capacity of your stomach repeatedly through overeating can cause server discomfort and compromise your health.
Possible injuries of overeating
Shortness of breath after eating
Stuffing your stomach with too much food causes your stomach to distend and push against your lungs and diaphragm. Your stomach is quite elastic and can extend up to three times its normal size after a huge meal. This causes difficulties in breathing with potential risks of fainting and heart attack.
Nausea and belching
When you overeat, not all the food you swallow gets to your stomach the right way. This causes mishap in your esophagus which leads to frequent burping and feelings of nausea. Now when you vomit after overeating, chances of some foods entering your windpipe and causing suffocation are very high –not an ideal ending to a delicious meal.
Eating too much, too fast is an excellent recipe of choking yourself to unconsciousness. This is by far the most common personal injury associated with overeating. Shoving large chunks of food down your throat can easily block your entire esophagus –windpipe included –and leave you gasping helplessly for air. If this happens when eating alone, you run a risk of suffocation, unconsciousness and possible death.
Trying to eat too much at once can make it difficult for the guard valves at the top of your stomach to properly close, which allows fluids to flow back into your esophagus causing acid reflux. The condition often causes severe pain and discomfort. If this occurs on a regular basis, the delicate tissues on the linings of your esophagus can be severely damaged and even lead to esophageal cancer in some cases.
If you experience any signs of pain and irritation in your esophagus, first contact your doctor, then your personal injury lawyer to make sure that this is crafted into your health insurance compensation plan. Get yourself an experienced personal injury lawyer such as David E. Gordon who can help you get maximum compensation from your insurance company should such an incidence progress to worst case scenario.
Muscular and Joint pains
Overeating is directly linked to obesity and weight gain. Excessive weight exacts a lot of pressure and stress on the muscles and joints as you now need to carry a larger weight of your body. This often makes you feel lazy, tired and irritated with persistent joint and muscular pains. Other possible outcomes of obesity and overweight include bone fractures and muscle sprains that result from falls and poor sitting/standing structure.
In conclusion, try to overcome the urge of eating as much as you can, and eat small and more frequent to meet your hunger needs without feeling bloated. Try sampling small portions of the foods you love and avoid loading your plate up to two or three times.