OvereatingOvereating is something really dangerous, and having extra weight is not the only negative effect of this bad habit. The food we love eating in great amounts (even if it is quite healthy and natural) can cause many health problems and ailments. The main side effects of overeating include:

  • Allergy. Theoretically, any food we eat can cause allergy, so possible allergic reactions are the main side effect of eating any food in large quantities. The scientists named 8 main products which cause 90% of allergic reactions. Those are milk, eggs, nuts, fish, seafoods, soy and wheat products.
  • Increased levels of cholesterol in blood. Many foods (especially eggs, liver, etc.) contain large amounts of cholesterol, which causes increased levels of this chemical in our blood and increases the risks of having heart attack, stroke and other serious health problems.
  • Acne. The foods rich in fat and transferal acids stimulate the function of our oil glands and cause acne. Some experts are convinced that there are strong links between acne and increased consumption of cow milk.
  • Side Effects of OvereatingReflux. This condition is among the most dangerous side effects of overeating. A great number of foods can increase acidity in our stomach and can cause reflux, namely: oranges, chocolate and tomatoes, fried and fatty foods, etc.
  • Bad smell. The studies show that eating a lot of red meat can cause very unpleasant smell coming from the meat lover.
  • Kidney problems. Those who love eating the foods with high proteins and low carbs are under high risk of having kidney stones. This dangerous side effect can be avoided by eating a lot of spinach, paprika and drinking tea.
  • Memory problems. Senior people frequently eat high-fat foods and the foods with high content of copper. Such foods can cause impaired memory and decreased mental abilities. Researches show that consuming high-fat foods is linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Overeating Side EffectsSwellings. If you like eating too sweet or too salty foods in large amounts, you are at an increased risks of having swellings. When our body is overloaded with sugar or salt, it starts collecting water that results in swelling.
  • Headaches. Overeating can cause severe headaches, starting from pulsing aches and ending with severe migraines. Mostly, those are the foods with increased content of amino acids (mainly red wine, cheese and chocolate).

Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.

2 Responses to “Dangerous Side Effects of Overeating”

  1. TimNo Gravatar Says:

    I am interested in how overeating (especially carbohydrates) can cause headaches. Cutting carbs reduces my headaches, but then I start getting symptoms of gout. I am slightly hypoglycemic. In a recent glucose tolerance test, my fasting level was 93 (somewhat high) and went higher for the first hour, but then lower, down to 69.

    Please advise.

  2. SarahNo Gravatar Says:

    I started eating two tablespoons of ground flaxseed most days of the week at the beginning of the year as well as taking one triple omega pill with flax oil every day. I suspect now that I’m allergic to flax. At my annual physical last week, my eosinophil count was through the roof. My doctor told me to cut out anything I had started over the past year for three months, when follow-up bloodwork would be done. I cut out the new supplements I’d begun as well as the ground flaxseed. In a few days, I started to feel really good. However, when I ate some toast with Smart Balance buttery spread, I started to feel uneasy. Could consuming this much flax bring on the allergy? From what I’ve read about flax, two tablespoons a day was a reasonable dosage, although with the flax oil in the capsule, it may have been too much? Still, one of those a day was conservative considering the bottle said that up to three a day could be taken. It would be nice to have more information on this!