Constipation

Constipation: Defined as having a bowel movement fewer than three times per week; stools are usually hard, dry, small in size, and difficult to eliminate. Individuals may experience pain, straining, bloating, and the sensation of a full bowel. Constipation may be experienced during the acute period of an eating disorder as well as during recovery. It is associated with malnutrition, restricted intake and purging; it may also follow laxative abuse. It typically improves with consistent nutritional intake and weight & nutritional restoration. Dietary interventions can include consumption of adequate fluids, fat intake, food/nutrition, fruit, and fiber.


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