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These results indicate not only that the size of the stomach does "shrink" in obese dieters, but also that the dieters felt "full" with smaller volumes of food after dieting.

The authors add that it is probably not the obesity state itself that enlarges the stomach, but rather the overeating associated with the obesity. For example, they point out that they have found enlarged stomachs in normal weight bulimic subjects (persons with binge eating disorder). They attribute this finding to the effect of "repeated ingestion of large individual meals rather than total daily intake."

The authors further point out that the enlarged stomach capacity in obese individuals may actually contribute to overeating. They suspect that the nerve sensors of stretch (that would indicate fullness to the brain) in these stomach do not become activated without greater food volumes.

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