Have you ever seen a person with their mouth stretched wide open? It may look like they are in pain, but for some people, it’s actually a way of life. What these people do is called stuffing or overstuffing and this article will explore why it can be so dangerous to carry out these extreme insertions.
I’ve decided to write this article after seeing hundreds of videos pop up on YouTube showing people cramming massive amounts of food into their mouth, either as a joke, or because they’re addicted to the practice. I’ll talk more about this a little later on in the article.
But before we do, I would like to share a few stories that I believe will act as cautionary tales for anyone that thinks this kind of behavior is funny or at all desirable.
Here’s why extreme insertions are unhealthy…
Dale loved to stuff his mouth with as much food as he could. He’d often go on stuffing binges, and not stop until the entire plate was clean. Dale would usually do this while watching TV, so it wasn’t long before he would feel a tingling sensation in his stomach that let him know that he had eaten way too much for one sitting. That’s when he learned about extreme insertions–stuffing large amounts of food into your mouth at once. Extreme insertions were very dangerous, but Dale didn’t care how many times people told him they were bad for him-he just couldn’t help himself! It became such an addiction that sometimes if there was even a little bit of food left on the plate, he would sit and lick the plate clean until not a spec of food remained.
Does this sound healthy to you? If you live in the United Stances, chances are good that you know someone like this, as as estimate 1 in 172 Americans between the ages of 19 and 37 are “overstuffers”, their extreme insertions virtually unhinging their jaws at every meal.
And here’s another story from Karen that’s equally troubling.
Karen had a problem. She liked to fill her mouth with so many pickles that she choked. When you put too much food in your mouth, it’s called an extreme insertion and Karen was addicted to them. Her face would flush red as she stuffed as many pickles into her mouth as possible and then she would gag on their sourness when they wouldn’t go down any further. Sometimes the staff at the deli counter would have to call 911 because of how quickly Karen could choke herself with pickles, but they always knew for the next time just how big of a handful not to give her, one that was usually enough for most people without such an addiction to handle without choking or getting seriously ill.
Once again, not the kind of behavior you want to be known for with your friends.
So my advice to you is… don’t do this!
Instead, here’s what you should be doing.
How to properly chew your food as an adult
It may seem like a no-brainer, but chewing your food thoroughly is essential for good digestion. Without proper chewing, it can be easy to swallow large chunks of chewed up food that are in the wrong part of your digestive tract. These extreme insertions are very foolish! This behavior could lead to gastric discomfort or worse. The following three tips will help you better chew and digest your food:
- Chew each mouthful at least 20 times before swallowing
- Eat more slowly than normal so that you give yourself time to adequately chew each bite
- Take smaller bites so that they are easier to chew