According to a new study, a higher percentage of obese people in the U.S. have constipation than healthy people.
The study by researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston also found that obesity is a risk factor for constipation.
“I think this shows that constipation is really something that can be treated and it’s really not something that we need to be concerned about,” said study author Dr. Jody St. John, a gastroenterologist.
“In fact, obesity is associated with a higher prevalence of constipation, which is a common finding in patients with constipation.”
The study looked at data from over 1,200 adults, ages 18 and older, who participated in a national survey conducted by the U,S.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In addition to the survey, they were asked about their diets and habits, including food choices and exercise.
The researchers found that obese people with constrictive symptoms had a lower intake of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, as well as more water than healthy participants.
The survey also found people with chronic constipation had a higher rate of obesity and lower physical activity than people who had constipation at baseline.
A high percentage of those with constipating symptoms had constrictions of their stomachs that were worse than the average.
The high prevalence of abdominal obesity among the obese was also linked to a higher incidence of constrictivity, as people who were obese had a larger abdominal mass.
“It’s not surprising that obesity could cause constipation because we know obesity is correlated with abdominal obesity,” St. Johns said.
“There are a lot of people who are obese and they have constipated, so it’s not a surprise that they have abdominal obesity.”
In addition, the higher prevalence and greater risk of obesity in obese people suggests the body of evidence points to an association between obesity and constipation, she said.
St. Joanns said she believes obesity has been linked to obesity in general, and constricting symptoms in particular, and the association between constipation and obesity has become a major public health issue in recent years.
“We know obesity increases your risk for constipative illness and obesity is linked to constipation,” she said, adding that it’s important to take the steps to prevent constipation through a healthy diet, exercise and avoidance of high-calorie foods and drinks.
St Johns said she thinks the association with obesity may be linked to people who do not have regular bowel movements, or those who are overweight and obese.
“The more obese you are, the more likely you are to have constrictives,” she noted.
“So, we need a whole-food approach that includes fruits, veggies and whole grain products, which can help people to get a normal stool,” she added.
St John said that she thinks obesity is “the single most important risk factor” for constrictional symptoms.
“For obese people, constipation may be a risk because of their weight, but we don’t know if it’s because they have high abdominal obesity or because they’re overactive or have a chronic constrictor’s disease,” she suggested.
“What we do know is that constipate is a very common condition and we have to make lifestyle changes to reduce the risk.”
St Johns added that her research team plans to continue the study in order to determine the relationship between obesity, constipacy and obesity and its association with consternation and obesity in the general population.
“Obesity is associated, in general [with] constipation in both healthy and obese people,” she stated.
“Therefore, we do have to consider constipation as a potential risk factor.”
The Centers for Diseases Control and Preventative Services (CDC) is a public health agency of the U