If you child is reluctant to eat their greens the results of a new dietary study may convince them. It found youngsters who don't like fruit and vegetables are 13 times more likely to develop constipation.
The research, which appears in the latest issue of the Journal of Clinical Nursing, also found drinking less than two glasses of water a day also significantly increases the risk.
Constipation is an often painful condition when bowel movements are infrequent of hard to pass. If untreated it can lead to more serious bowel obstructions.
The team found that seven per cent of the eight to 10-year-olds had 'functional constipation' - which is constipation without a physical or psychological cause. Those who did not like fruit or vegetables were 13 times more likely to struggle in the toilets while children who didn't drink enough water were eight times more at risk.