In 2003, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva established the Section of Quantitative Health Sciences at the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Pediatrics. Apart from being its founder, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva also oversaw several research studies, such as one looking at the presence of constipation in overweight children.
Constipation in children is a common disorder, with symptoms including abdominal pain and infrequent bowel movements. It occurs when the stool fails to pass through the digestive tract immediately, causing the stool to harden. Although cases of pediatric constipation are common, recent studies aim to explore its prevalence in children who are overweight.
Children with a body mass index between 85-95 percentile are considered overweight. In a study conducted at the Department of Pediatrics of UI College of Medicine at Peoria, it was concluded that there is an association between children being overweight and chronic constipation. Between the study and control group, the children who suffered chronic constipation were predominantly male and overweight. However, according to other studies, the relationship between constipation and obesity is affected by factors apart from weight and sex, such as impaired quality of life or nutritional styles.
Although there is no conclusive study on the prevalence of constipation in overweight children, the role of family in the prevention of this condition is deemed significant by researchers.