What is Bloating?

Bloating is a feeling of fullness or tightness in the abdominal area, which is often accompanied by abdominal pain. The belly may even look swollen or protrude outward.

Who Feels Bloated?

Bloating can be experienced by anyone – after they eat a particular meal, or perhaps when they haven’t been as regular.

Bloating is often a symptom experienced by people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS1.) In fact, around 70% of people with IBS consider bloating an important factor that contributes to the severity of their IBS2. It is often more common in people with IBS-C and IBS-M4,5. Women are also more likely to complain of bloating than men5.



  1. Wilkins T, Pepitone C, Alex B, Schade RR. Diagnosis and management of IBS in adults. Am Fam Physician. 2012;86:419-426.
  2. IBS Patients: Their Illness Experience and Unmet Needs. IFFGD 2009.
  3. Heidelbaugh JJ, Stelwagon M, Miller SA, Shea EP, Chey WD. The spectrum of constipation-predominant irritable bowel syndrome and chronic idiopathic constipation: US survey assessing symptoms, care seeking, and disease burden. Am J Gastroenterol. 2015 Apr;110(4):580-7.
  4. International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders. IBS in the Real World Survey. Summary Findings. August 2002.
  5. Ringel Y, Williams RE, Kalilani L, Cook SF. Prevalence, characteristics, and impact of bloating symptoms in patients with irritable bowel syndrome. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2009;7:68-72.

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