Updated: 8:29 PM UTC, Jul 16, 2017

Do We Have To Wait A Few Hours After Eating to Swim?

When you were a child, you probably heard someone tell you to wait a few hours after eating to swim. Yet, It does not increase the risk of hydrocution (Immersion Syndrome) to go swimming right after a meal.

Digestion does not cause sufficient warming of the body to increase the risk of hydrocution (thermal shock between the warm body and cold water causing discomfort). In contrast, exposure to sunlight, even for brief periods, does

Girl with styrofoam swimming board by Tommy Wong Girl with styrofoam swimming board by Tommy Wong

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