Bored Eating

Bored Eating During Quarintine?

Have you found yourself eating more or excessively during the stay at home order?

Bored Eating, or Polyphagia, is the medical term for excessive or extreme hunger.

Bored eating is different than having an increased appetite after exercise or other physical activity.  After eating, your hunger levels usually go back to normal but polyphaga doesn’t go away by eating more food. The underlying issues need to be address in order to live a healthy lifestyle.

What Causes Bored Eating? (Polyphagia)

1. Hypoglycemia

Hypoglycemia is low blood sugar. Although it affects mostly diabetics, it can happen to anyone.

2. Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism is a condition in which your thyroid works too quickly. The thyroid is a gland that makes hormones. Your appetite can increase if you have too much thyroid hormone.

3. Premenstrual syndrome

Spikes in estrogen and progesterone and decreased serotonin can lead to intense cravings for carbs and fats.

4. Lack of sleep

Not getting enough sleep can make it harder for your body to control the levels of hormones that regulate hunger.

5. Stress

When you’re stressed, your body releases a large amount of a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol can make you hungry and this can be considered an emotional response.

6. Poor diet

A poor diet that consists of unhealthy carbs and fats, such as white bread or fast food, might cause you feel hungry again very soon after eating. This is because these foods lack nutrients

7. Diabetes

If you have diabetes, your body either cannot produce insulin (type 1) or does not use insulin properly (type 2). Therefore, the glucose stays in your bloodstream longer and is urinated out instead of going into cells. This means that cells don’t have the energy they need to function properly. When this happens, your cells signal that you should continue to eat so they can get the glucose they need.

Seek Help

If you have extreme hunger, excessive thirst, or excessive urination, you should see a doctor for a diabetes test. Any of these symptoms can potentially point to diabetes. If you are ready to change your life and lose your excess pounds for good, contact the weight loss surgery Las Vegas offices of Dr. Bernie Hanna today by calling (702) 384-1160 or by clicking here. If you are not a gastric bypass candidate, Dr. Hanna might be able to help you by performing another type of bariatric surgery, such as Lap Band or Gastric Sleeve in Las Vegas. In addition, he performs secondary weight loss surgery and is regarded as a top Las Vegas revision bariatric surgery provider.


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