Thanksgiving, a day when many will shamelessly unbutton their pants or don a pair of the stretchy variety, is just a few days away. But what exactly is happening when some choose to overindulge a bit and are left feeling uncomfortably full.
The American Chemical Society lays out what's happening to your body when you overeat in its latest video.
There are several factors that play into feeling full, including your stomach pressing on surrounding organs and your body filling up with the gases of digestion.
Another issue with eating too much, for some people, is heart burn. This condition is sometimes accompanied with over eating because more acid in the stomach is needed to breakdown the food. More acid can lead to it being pushed up into the esophagus, thus causing the feeling that is heart burn.
Watch ACS' video for more
The average American consumes about 3,000 calories in the typical holiday meal.
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