A recent article identifies some important factors contributing to constipation in Hong Kong children (JPGN 2012; 55: 56-61).
Using a territory-wide questionnaire in 2318, Hong Kong Chinese elementary school students, the authors identified several factors associated with constipation which was present in 12.2% of this cohort:
- Refusal to pass bowel movements at school (OR 1.97). In Hong Kong, students spend >8 hours per day at school.
- Having dinner with one/both parents <50% of time (OR 1.52). May indicate less time with parents and less parental prompting.
- Nighttime sleep <7 hours (OR 1.87). This is postulated to be related to increased homework and more stress which may affect gut motility.
- Frequent fast food consumption (OR 1.14). This may be associated with less fiber intake.
On a tangential note, one of my sons informed me of “bad lip reading” on YouTube; some of these clips are really funny. Since there was one relevant to the subject at hand, with over 2.5 million views, I’ve provided a link:
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