Many girls complain of stomach issues. Sometimes there is legitimate discomfort and other times it may be an excuse not to eat. This is another warning sign of the possibility of an eating disorder.
How often have you heard the following? “My stomach hurts. I can’t eat.” “If I eat I’ll just feel worse.”
When girls are restricting, these stomach issues and complaints are common. Restricting impacts every organ in the body and that includes the bowels. The same muscles we use to chew and swallow are connected to muscles that move food through the digestive tract.
The less you eat the less these muscles are utilized. Food moves more and more slowly through the system and sits longer which is what can cause stomach pain and bowel problems.
If she experiences premature fullness, constipation or stomach upset; she can use warm compresses on her stomach, like heating pads or hot water bottles. The heat plus pressure relaxes the muscles, which can provide minor relief.
Once again, the only medicine for these issues is to eat food. The food nourishes these muscles so food will move more freely throughout the system. Usually a month of good, consistent eating resolves these issues.