Most people have felt bloated at some point in their lifetime, according to the NHS.
It can make the tummy feel stretched, puffy, and generally uncomfortable.
The way people eat their meals could reveal whether they’re more likely to develop stomach bloating, said nutritionist Maeve Madden.
For example, someone that eats food quickly is more likely to have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), she said.
A ‘functional eater’ is someone that eats quickly and conveniently.
“A rushed eater like myself, eating quickly and thoughtlessly on the go, usually struggles with IBS symptoms,” said Madden, in her book ‘Beat Your Bloat’.
“Not chewing your food properly causes bloating and indigestion.
“When you don’t chew your food enough, it’s much harder for your body to break down the larger particles of food.
“So, it’s important to think about how you eat and identify what type of eater you are.”
A ‘binge eater’ is also likely to suffer from bloating pain.
“People who binge eat very large quantities of food over a short period of time, even when they’re not hungry,” said Madden.
Eating large amounts of food in one go could cause bloating and trapped wind, said the NHS.
‘Distracted eaters’ may not notice how much food they’re actually eating.
Whether it’s eating while at your desk at work, or standing in front of the fridge, distracted eaters can easily overeat, leading to stomach bloating.
Understanding your relationship with food and your eating habits could help to prevent bloating pain, said Madden.
“So how should you be eating to avoid bloating? Simply, you should always be aiming to eat food in its most natural form,” she said.
“It’s when you start to introduce ‘fake’, highly processed foods that you can begin to really struggle with gut issues.”
Lower your risk of tummy troubles by reducing your daily stress, losing excess weight, and by giving up smoking.
You should see a GP if your bloating symptoms persist, said the NHS.
Bloating, and persistently feeling full, are key signs of ovarian cancer, it added.