Food babies are a common malady among overeaters that can make us feel bad on the inside, and more importantly to some, make us look like we’ve gained about 15 pounds on the outside.
Tiffany Brien is a fitness blogger whose interest in bloating was piqued so much that she decided to delve into the unfortunate growth spurt that tends to affect us where we least want it.
Male or female, bloating can get to us all, and in its most extreme phases, it will lead to intrigued stares and gentle pats on the stomach accompanied with questions such as: “When are you due?”
If you keep patting it like that, Madeline, probably in about 40 seconds, tops.
Brien went about debunking the effects of bloating by taking a picture of her stomach first thing in the morning, and about 12 hours later before bed—you won’t believe it’s the same person.
As we can see from the images above, it’s difficult to comprehend just how Miss Brien can look quite so different in the space of just half a day, but such are the wonders of the digestive system.
Accompanied with her Instagram post was the caption:
No I’m not 6 months pregnant. It’s just my food baby. We are not all what we seem on social media. I thought I would share a bad day with you to show you nobody is ‘perfect’ and it is ok to have an off day where your body just decides to not play ball.
Don’t worry girls, it happens to the best of us, all part and parcel of being a female!
The one thing I will add here is that food babies aren’t exclusive to females; trust me, I’ve had my fair share in struggling to fasten the same pair of jeans after Christmas dinner that I wore heading into to.
And what caused said baby to grow? Brien attributes this to “lack of sleep, stress, hormones and food intolerances,” just to name a few factors.
On the science side of things, food babies come in all shapes and sizes, and the causes of boating can differ depending on the type of gut you’ve got. Shape magazine published findings from David Hudesman, M.D., director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City, who detailed a straight-out, tight belly may indicate gas while a soft gut flaring out to the hips and sides may be as a result of fluid retention.
And perhaps the scariest thing? Food babies can be permanent.
As Shape also explained consuming large quantities frequently, as opposed to smaller, easily digestible meals, will stretch the stomach muscles, a point from which they may never recover.
Rest easy knowing food babies are a very common occurrence and affect us all, but try to keep on top of what you eat so that you might recognize what’s causing your bloating, and try to avoid those foods.
Alternatively, just eat all the foods anyway and find someone who loves you for you and your lil’ mound of mush.