Eating is a part of our basic instinct for survival.  We eat to live and to preserve ourselves.  But eating in excess is another story because it is no longer in accordance with our instinct to live. Overeating is not healthy and it has adverse effects on your health.

Healthy eating and overeating are separated by a thin line that we often fail to distinguish.  There are times when the food we eat is just so tasty that we can't seem to stop even if we already have our fill.  At other times, hunger can compel us to continue to eat even if we have already eaten the required amount to sustain our body's needs.

Here are some of the known health risks of overeating:

1. It can cause weight gain or obesity.

Obesity is one of the most obvious consequences of overeating.  It is caused by the accumulation of fats and carbohydrates in the body.  It is one of the contributing factors of diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and strokes.

2. It increases your risk to diabetes.

Overeating triggers the rise of insulin levels in the body.  The increased sugar level is too much for the pancreas to move glucose from the blood into the body's cells. 

The undigested sugars then move into the blood stream.  This is where diabetes starts to set in.

3. It increases you risk to cardiovascular diseases.

When you overeat, the excess foods can cause the accumulation of fats in arteries and arterial walls.  These fats can block the passage of oxygen-rich blood.  This condition often results to heart stroke. 

4. It can cause indigestion.

People who overeat are often beset with indigestion problems.  The excess foods that they eat can cause a failure of the digestive system in processing the foods naturally.  This often leads to indigestion, stomach pain or vomiting. 

The food overload in the digestive system can lead to liver problems.

5. It can cause sleep apnea.

Overeating slows down the digestion process.  This in turn hampers the body's supply of oxygen to your heart, and because of this, you will begin to develop sleep apnea.

6. It increases your risk to high blood pressure.

Excessive food intake compels your digestive system to work double time.  This can cause an increase of blood supply and this can trigger high blood pressure.

7. It can trigger hormonal imbalance which makes you prone to infertility.

The hormonal imbalance causes the male testosterone levels to go down and reduces the body's ability to produce sperms.  Aside from infertility, overeating is also known to cause impotence.

Overeating is a disorder that has many health risks.  You should stop it by planning your diet and practicing self-discipline.  Remember, everything taken in excess is poison.


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