Overeating can make your stomach burst. And yes, you can die

The stomach is a muscular bag that sits inside the abdomen and it is usually no bigger than your fist when empty. However, it has the capacity to expand and accommodate a much larger volume. PHOTO | FILE

What you need to know:

  • The empty stomach contains about 40ml of liquid, but the average “full” volume of the stomach is about 800-1,000ml – and this is increased in people who are obese and binge eat.
  • We often feel very full after eating a large amount because there is a delay of signals from the stretching stomach to reach the brain.
  • there are a couple of reports of people dying from over-indulging. This is very rare, but it happens. One person died from tearing their oesophagus, the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach and others have actually ruptured their stomach by over-eating.

Now that the festivities are here with us, let’s turn our attention to food. Without doubt, this is the season where many people overeat and feel stuffed. So, before you reach for just one more roast potato, let’s consider what really goes on in our digestive system when we consume a lot of food.


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