Why do starving people appear to have pot bellies?

  1. DeanKeaton259 profile image61
    DeanKeaton259posted 7 years ago

    Why do starving people appear to have pot bellies?

    I always see pictures and video of these starving children in Africa. Why do they all have pot bellies? I know it has something to do with their starvation, but I'd like to know the physiological cause.

  2. jimbody profile image79
    jimbodyposted 7 years ago

    The bloated abdomen is the result of a condition called kwashiorkor, which is defined as a lack of protein in the diet. This is a form of malnutrition more prevalent in third world countries due to the lack of adequate food and medical supplies; westerners would typically be treated long before they experienced these types of symptoms.

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    jasper420posted 7 years ago

    because there stomache habors what liitle they do eat to stay alive