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Why do very skinny, starving children and adults in african countries have enlarged abdomens?

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Dr. James Ferguson
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In brief: Water retention

Starvation eventually leads to leakage of water into the organs & tissues because there in not enough albumen, a blood protein to keep fluid in the blood vessels.
The liver enlarges & loose belly muscles allow the sagging of the gut under the weight of the extra fluid

In brief: Water retention

Starvation eventually leads to leakage of water into the organs & tissues because there in not enough albumen, a blood protein to keep fluid in the blood vessels.
The liver enlarges & loose belly muscles allow the sagging of the gut under the weight of the extra fluid
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