Answers to Common General Surgery Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about general surgery.

What role does overeating play in a gallbladder attack?

Dr. Steven Sutherin discusses the role of overeating in a gallbladder attack. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

What role does overeating play in a gallbladder attack?

Overeating can stimulate the gallbladder to squeeze but so does even a small amount of fat so it's more the fats in the food than it is overeating. But usually if we're overeating it's usually something very, very rich. It's usually something greasy, pizzas, fried chicken, so they go hand-in-hand. But once again, anything can make that gallbladder squeeze down and give you a gallbladder attack.


Overeating can cause the gallbladder to start squeezing the same way fatty foods do, Premier Physician Network (PPN) physicians say. 

However, most of the time when we overeat, it’s while we’re eating rich, greasy foods like pizza or fried chicken. So, many times, overeating and eating fatty foods go hand-in-hand in causing a gallbladder attack.

For more about the role overeating plays in gallbladder attacks, talk to your doctor.

Source: James deCaestecker, DO, FACS, Gem City Surgical Associates; Daniel Taylor, MD, FACS, Miami County Surgeons; L. Stewart Lowry, MD, FACS, Miami County Surgeons; Luan Tran, MD, Miami Valley Surgery Associates; Steven Sutherin, MD, FACS, Miami Valley Surgery Associates

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