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Overeating is eating in excess of appetite. It is mostly accompanied by a feeling of being overstuffed or a sense of heaviness.


How does this affect me?

Huge and heavy meals can pose problems.

  • Nausea is one of the commonest aftermaths of indulging in a huge meal. Nausea occurs as a result of the gut releasing a hormone in response to a full stomach and as a signal to stop eating. But many of us tend to ignore these signals and therefore land up with nausea.
  • Flatulence is another by product of overeating. When the meal is heavy, the food may not get a chance to stay long enough in the digestive tract to be completely broken down. The partially digested food particles reach the colon and fermentation occurs.
  • Gall stone pain might also result from overeating. Gall stones could quite often lie undetected and harmless. However, a high-fat meal has the potential to induce the gall bladder to squirt out bile. Quite often, the stone in the gall bladder can get in the way and can cause pain.

All about overeating


  • Feeling deprived- You feel deprived of the foods which you enjoy and this leaves you craving for them even more.
  • Feeling disgust or hatred with your body
  • Glucose intolerance- This is a physiological trigger.
  • Daily habits -- Often, excessive eating, lack of physical activity and stress make us loose balance and go on a binge.
  • Lack of energy and feeling tired- You are putting up with so much in your life that this is constantly draining your energy, leaving you feeling tired.
  • Feeling upset and hurt- You turn to food when someone says or does something that feels upsetting or hurtful to you. Anxieties and emotions can also trigger the desire to eat.
  • Lack of willpower
  • Quitting smoking

Binge eating/ Compulsive overeating vs. Overeating

Binge eating, also called compulsive overeating, is different from simply overeating. Teens with binge eating disorder feel a compulsion (a powerful urge) to overeat. They regularly eat unusually large amounts of food and do not stop eating when they become full. With binge eating a person feels out of control and powerless to stop eating while they are doing it.

What can I do?

  • The first thing to do is to figure out if your overeating is something that happens occasionally or all of the time. We all eat too much every now and then, like on holidays.
  • Instead of eating when you're not hungry, find other ways to keep yourself busy, like taking a walk or talking on the phone.
  • Try not to snack while doing something else, like watching TV or doing homework — that's a set-up for overeating!
  • If you think you may have an overeating problem, talk to a parent or doctor. Treatments are available that can help you feel better about yourself and have a healthy relationship with food.


  • Emotional eating is not different from other kinds of eating. All eating is emotional. Weight loss programs fail when they attempt to take emotion out of eating.
  • There is no such thing as eating out of boredom.
  • We do not over eat for comfort. That some people feel comforted after eating certain foods has nothing to do with the food and everything to do with the emotion that motivates their eating, namely, their Core Value. They feel like they are "taking care of themselves," and, significantly, do not tend to overeat.
  • We overeat because our mothers expressed affection with food; thus we eat to feel love. This is not true. Overeating leads to recrimination and eventual self-loathing, certainly not to love.

90 degrees

Watching TV news or crime shows might trigger overeating

According to new research in the Journal of Consumer Research, people who are thinking about their own deaths want to consume more. People want to consumer more of all kinds of foods, both healthy and unhealthy, when thinking about the idea that they will die some day,"

The researchers found people with low self-esteem, in particular, tend to over-consume after death-related thoughts [1]

Is Overeating an Addiction?

People with severe weight problems sometimes say their cravings for food feel as powerful as those caused by narcotics. Researchers at Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York believe it. Their recent study shows that drug addicts and the chronically obese share a similar shortage of receptors for dopamine, one of the brain chemicals that help stimulate feelings of pleasure.

The remedy is exercise. It not only releases dopamine but seems to increase the number of receptors over time.


  • Five Myths of "Emotional Eating"
  • What Can I Do About Overeating?
  • Top 10 Triggers for Overeating
  • Is Overeating an Addiction?


  1. Morbid Thoughts Whet The Appetite:ScienceDaily