"This week marks the beginning of the gluttony season," reads an article in the The New York Times today, going on tolist the frightening things that can happen to you after you gorge yourself on turkey and stuffing. In addition to indigestion, flatulence and the need to unbutton your pants, did you know that big meals can raise the risk of heart attack, gallbladder pain and dangerous drowsiness on the drive home?
The average American eats about 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat on Thanksgiving. "It's like a tsunami of fat," says Dr. Pamela Peeke, assistant clinical professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. That's right! Just like the tsunami devastated Sri Lanka, your insides will be drowning in fat! Oh, and you think you're going to avoid some of that fat, because you eat white meat and not dark? There's barely any difference in fat and calories between white meat and dark meat, researchers report.
Even if you eat so much you fear your stomach will explode, it probably won't. Or will it? "In a study of people who had died with Prader-Willi syndrome, which causes excessive overeating, about 3 percent of the deaths were due to stomach rupture, said Dr. David Stevenson, an assistant professor at the University of Utah." Well, yeah, a three percent chance is slim, but it exists! And if you eat so much that you feel sleepy, know that "food coma" can be a serious problem — "food fatigue, along with holiday alcohol consumption, the monotony of driving and a natural circadian dip late in the day all make for a lethal combination behind the wheel." Lethal! As in deadly!
Suggestions for coping with the temptation to overeat are simple: Keep serving dishes off the table, so you don't mindlessly take extra servings; use smaller serving spoons and plates; contribute to dinner conversation ("The more you talk, the less you'll eat"). Hey, why not tell your family the great news: The meal they're eating might make them kick the bucket!
Ate Too Much? Tight Pants May Be the Smallest Worry,
The Claim: White Meat Is Healthier Than Dark Meat [NY Times]