We've all experienced it, the stuffed feeling from over-eating, and your guilty conscience after you're forced to loosen up your pants or undo your belt.
More than one- third of American's are defined as obese, and the U.S. alone faces the second highest rate of obesity in all the countries combined.
Sure you've noticed it. Food is more readily available that ever before, and portions sizes have grown steadily over the years.
"So when thinking about portions, certainly a couple years ago that food guide pyramid went by the way side, and its more of this choose my plate concept. where you're breaking down meal by meal and seeing what's the components of the meal." said Kara Gilreath, TeleMOVE! Dietitian at the VA Medical Center in Clarksburg.
But while gluttony may not hurt you in the short term, doctors say it represents an "assault on your body that can contribute to serious long term concerns."
"By large portion meals, eating too much total food in a day, causes more and more insulin releases and more fat storage." said Steven Dodd, Owner Diet Doc Permanent Wight Loss.
5 News Now has some tips to help you restrain from the desire to over eat.
-Be mindful. doctors say when we eat with distractions we often times don't remember how much we had.
-Remember to maintain portion control. You can do this by buying baggies and creating a single serving meal for yourself to eat during the day.
-Size matters. normal sizes portions can look small and not as good compared to today's over sized dishes, but remember its quality not quantity.
-Eat slowly. it can take the brain up to twenty minutes after eating to receive a signal that your full. and remember to always choose wisely. You don't always have to eat all of the bread on the table before your meal.