Overeating is a very common health issue in our society today. There is an increased abundance and promotion of cheap energy-dense food so it’s very easy to overeat but did you know that there are dangers of overeating? Apart from making you become overweight and obese, let’s take a look at other dangers of overeating…

Here are 3 dangers of overeating no one told you about

1) Overeating can cause diabetes

One of the dangers of overeating is developing type 2 diabetes. A 2012 research study published by the Mount Sinai School of Medicine found out that overeating can cause a malfunction in the brain; the ability of the brain insulin to keep in check glucose released from the liver and the breakdown of fat in the fat tissues becomes impaired (1). Your brain develops insulin resistance which leads to type 2 diabetes.

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2) Overeating stresses your digestive system

An overworked and stressed out digestive system  is one of the dangers of overeating. If you continually overeat, it stresses your entire digestive system, your pancreas, liver and other organs are overworked dealing with the excess food. This results in an impaired digestion, absorption and elimination of your food. This can eventually lead to poor health.

3) Overeating disrupts your body circadian clock

The disruption to your body’s 24 hour circadian (or internal) clock is also one of the dangers of overeating.  Your body has a 24 hour internal clock that regulates the daily time of many metabolic functions including the time you go to sleep, wake up and become hungry. A 2007 research study published by the Northwestern University found that overeating disrupts the timing of your internal signals including appetite control which is vital for good health (2)

Hence it is important for you to stop the habit of overeating. Start by identifying the triggers that make you overeat then you are able to make the necessary healthy lifestyle changes to help you stop overeating.


1. Mount Sinai Hospital/Mount Sinai School of Medicine (2012) Study shows overeating impairs brain insulin function, can lead to diabetes and obesity, http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-10/tmsh-sso101712.php

2. ScienceDaily (2007) High-fat Disrupts Body Clock, http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/11/071106133111.htm

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