According to a new international scientific study, about 11% of the world’s population, one in ten people, often experience stomach pain while eating (more than half of the cases).
The problem is more common in women (13%) than in men (9%), as well as in young people between the ages of 18 and 28 (15%).
The study, conducted by Dr. Esther Colomier from the universities of KU Leuven (Belgium) and Gothenburg (Sweden), based on a sample online survey of 54,127 people from 26 countries, was presented at the international conference of the European organization GastroenterU Virtual 2021.
People who frequently experience food-related abdominal pain are also more likely to experience bloating, flatulence, after being over-satiated or prematurely satiated after eating, which is associated with irritable bowel syndrome. However, there are problems such as constipation or diarrhea (in 30% of cases).
In addition, 10% of people who have problems with abdominal pain experience psychological stress and psychosomatic symptoms not related to the gastrointestinal tract, such as back pain, shortness of breath, etc.
Scientists found that 36% are anxious (compared to 18% of those who do not experience stomach pain when eating) and 35% have symptoms of depression (compared to 17% of those who do not feel stomach pain).