Obesity & how it affects your digestion


Eating large quantities of food or eating continually overworks the oesophagus. Digestion actually starts in the mouth where our saliva starts to break down the food. From there food travels to the stomach via a long tube called the oesophagus. Reflux can be unpleasant and painful. Overweight men and women increase their chances of stomach or oesophageal reflux.


Being overweight can add extra tension to one’s stomach. The fact of eating large or continuous amounts of food puts extra strain on it. Adding strain to one’s stomach may lead to an increase in the likelihood of reflux.


Eating more food means that all our digestive organs have to work overtime to break down the food. All the food we eat gets broken down into very small chemical parts that it is made up of during the process of digestion. The pancreas is the organ that helps to regulate blood sugar levels in the body. The more we eat, the more our digestive organs have to work hard. Weight gain may overwork the pancreas and could possibly result in the increase of diabetes.

The gallbladder is a smallish organ situated under the liver. It stores bile – a bitter greenish-brown fluid which helps to break down fats during digestion. When we eat a high concentration of fatty foods, we give our gallbladders more work to do.


Sometimes it just gets overloaded and the result is the production of gallstones. Gallstones can be very small or may grow in size and can result in pain after eating. Eating lots of food continually makes the gallbladder work hard and can increase the chances of gallstones.

The Liver

The liver is one of the largest internal organs in the body. Its main job is to purify our blood which means to remove toxins and waste products that are not able to be digested or broken down. When we eat lots of food we give our livers more work to do. If we drink lots of alcohol, we can really strain the liver resulting in liver weakness, disease and poor health. The liver is a key organ to energy and health levels.

The Large Intestine or Colon

One of the main functions of the large intestine is to absorb water into the body from the remaining indigestible food. Eating fibre helps to maintain the health of the large intestine. Eating lots of food makes the intestine work much harder. An increase in the amount of fat cells in our body is linked to increasing the chemicals that are linked to causing colon cancer.

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