It’s a myth: swimming right after eating is totally fine

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In the coming weeks and months, you might hear some well-meaning parents warn their children against swimming right after they eat.

The idea is that swimming after eating can cause muscle cramps or a side stitch. The preventative measure, usually, is to wait 30 minutes after eating before getting in the water.

It’s unclear where this originally came from, and it seems to be losing some currency in recent years. But in case you still believe in it, here’s the bottom line: there’sabsolutely no reason to believe that eating and swimming is particularly likely to cause cramps, stitches, or any other specific health problem.

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