How much food a person needs per day is a delicate question. The answer to it depends on lifestyle, motor and mental activity, health, external circumstances. Excess is as useless as deficit. However, one should not confuse overeating with a healthy appetite. You transmit, if:
You continue to eat after you have felt saturation.
Can swallow a lot of food in one sitting: borscht with sour cream and bread, potatoes with meat and salad, a couple of dozens of sandwiches, Napoleon cake, sweet tea with sweets – this is not the limit for you.
Sneak into the fridge so that no one can see.
You do not control the amount of food eaten, you can not at any moment calmly interrupt the absorption of food.
Reasons for overeating
Reasons for overeating may be different. Many people overeat simply by habit: in their family it was customary to have a “Caucasian feast” for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with the only difference being that instead of wine they poured tea or coffee. As a result, they formed a habit and a strong belief that this is what a normal meal looks like.
Another common reason for overeating is carelessness, a habit of eating on the go. Not without reason, nutritionists insist that you should eat in a calm atmosphere, without rushing, savoring each piece. This is how you feel satiated in time. But if you eat on the go, thinking about work or eating in front of the TV, the brain does not have time to command “enough!
Finally, stress, depression, lack of love, and even low self-esteem make a person “eat” sadness. After all, food is the easiest way to feel better, to experience pleasure.
Consequences for the body
“Seizing” sorrows with cakes and chocolates is not an innocent weakness. The harm of overeating is as tangible as the harm of starvation: all organs involved in the digestive process suffer, the risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, obesity, metabolic disorders increases.
How to treat overeating?
First, identify the reasons: you may need a new source of joy to cope with stress. Or maybe it’s enough to give up the habit of dining in front of the TV. Say “no” to snacks and keep a balanced diet: eat 4 times a day in small portions. Do not snack between meals!
The problem of over-eating in children
The problem of child overnutrition is often related to adult behavior. Some parents are so eager to feed their child on a schedule that they force him to eat even when he does not want to. As a result, eating disorders develop and the child does not feel saturated in time. Parents can teach the child to eat to cartoons, and then the child finds himself in the situation that adult amateurs have dinner under the TV series. Do not accustom a child to snack while watching cartoons or reading a book, form healthy habits from childhood, and then the risk that the son or daughter will face this problem in adulthood will decrease.