About 11% of the world’s population – one in ten people – often have abdominal pain when eating, according to a new international scientific study. The problem is more common in women (13%) than in men (9%), as well as in younger people aged 18 to 28 (15%).
The study, led by Dr. Esther Colomier of the universities KU Leuven (Belgium) and Gothenburg (Sweden), based on an online sample survey of 54,127 people from 26 countries.
People who frequently experience food-related abdominal pain are also more likely to experience bloating or bloating in the abdomen, excessive or premature satiety after eating, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation or diarrhea (the last two symptoms in 30%, versus 10% among those who do not have frequent abdominal pain). In addition, they have more psychological stress and non-gastrointestinal psychosomatic symptoms, such as lower back pain, shortness of breath, etc.