The reason malnourished people develop a bloated stomach is because of a condition know as "Kwashiorkor syndrome". Kwashiorkor is a severe form of malnutrition, caused by a deficiency in dietary protein. Extreme lack of protein causes an osmotic imbalance in the gastrointestinal system causing swelling of the gastrointestinal tract and results in edema. Extreme fluid retention observed in individuals suffering from Kwashiorkor syndrome is a direct result of irregularities in the lymphatic system...
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