One Fourth of Indians Suffer from Constipation, Kolkata tops- Study Claims

Yes, you heard it right! A latest survey revealed that approx. 22% of the total population in India is suffering from the problem of constipation. Out of this figure of 22%, Kolkata has topped the chart with 28 percent of the survey respondents suffering from the problem. The survey report claims that out of 22 percent of adult population suffering from constipation in India, 13 percent of them are suffering from severe constipation and 13 percent are suffering from the problem combined with little comorbidity such as anxiety or depression.

Constipation is an uncomfortable problem which is faced by millions of people. This unpleasant problem for bowel movements is a very common digestive problem resulting in infrequent bowel movement and stomach pain. It can occur at any age, people across all ages, be it elder or youth, each 1 people out of 4 are facing constipation.

The Survey Report

According to the survey report, Kolkata is top in the chart with 28 percent of respondents who are suffering from constipation. It is also reported that maximum numbers of people in Kolkata who are suffering from constipation never consult any do and prefer on self-medication.

After Kolkata in the top position, Chennai has a whopping 24 percent of population who have the problem of constipation and severe stomach pain while passing the stools. Delhi follows Chennai, with 23 percent of people having the problem of constipation. It is also that Delhi has the highest number of people who have a high intake of outside or junk foods.

Apart from these top three cities with top positions in the chart, other cities which have lower rate of constipation problems are Patna, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Lucknow. The survey report also claims that cough and cold is the most common problem faced by the people in India, and other than cough and cold, it is the constipation which is most common in Indians.

Reasons for Constipation 

Survey also claimed that reason which are associated with the problem of constipation in Indians are lifestyle disorders in them such as hypertension, diabetes or other similar type of disorders. Indians make a delay in seeking medical help for the treatment of constipation, making it worse. Unhealthy eating or consumption of junk food, no exercise, having fewer amounts of water intake and unhealthy lifestyle are some of the most common reasons which can lead to constipation.

Foods to Prevent Constipation

If you are also unable to poop for few days and its hurting you, then you need to include the following foods in your diet to prevent and cure constipation. You are having very much difficulty in passing the stool and it bleeds, then you should seriously get medical assistance for the problem. Here are the foods that can prevent or cure constipation –

  • Broccoli
  • Oranges
  • Almonds
  • Berries
  • Wheat Bran
  • Oatmeal
  • Spinach
  • Pears
  • Apples

The above foods contain various kinds of antioxidants, nutrients and are rich in fibre, which can help you in passing your stools very easily and prevent the problem of constipation. These foods will be helpful in improving the health of your digestive system.