The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario suggest that the physical effects of overeating have many more serious ramifications such as cardiovascular diseases. The focus on food as a replacement for something missing from one's life, as an escape method, a reflection of a negative self-image, or unworthiness often causes individuals to experience the physical effects of overeating.
Physical effects of overeating range depending on which form of eating disorder the individual is affected by, whether it be compulsive overeating, chronic overeating, or binge eating. These eating disorders cause an unbalance in the body based on the intake of food and the overloading of the digestive system. The more significant the problem, the less able the body is to properly digest as well as dispose and reuse fats, salt and carbohydrates.
Some of the physical effects of overeating include acid reflux, high cholesterol, hypertension, stress, asthma, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, as well as issues such as arthritis and joint pain. Those who engage in overeating often are most susceptible to organ damage as well as diabetes, heart attack, kidney disease, and cancer. It is also a risk factor for stroke.
Other physical effects of overeating include blood sugar swings, sensitivity to hot and cold, headaches, pain in the abdominal area, or cravings.
Ways in which to get a grasp on overeating tendencies include awareness of the illness, its effects on the body, and reformulating eating patterns as well as self-esteem.
Maintaining a regular diet and only allowing for specific treats from time to time is the healthiest way to eat, as opposed to those who become consumed with thoughts of food. The physical effects of overeating can be damaging to the body as well as extremely uncomfortable.