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What causes constipation? - Heba Shaheed


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Visiting the bathroom is part of the daily human experience. But occasionally, constipation, a condition that causes a backup in your digestive system, strikes. In some especially uncomfortable cases, the food you eat can take several days to exit your body. What's behind this unsettling phenomenon? Heba Shaheed takes us into the digestive system to find out.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Heba Shaheed
  • Director Mimi Chiu
  • Script Editor Emma Bryce
  • Producer Aaron Augenblick, Jeremy Jusay
  • Animator Mimi Chiu
  • Composer Eric Matyas
  • Associate Producer Elizabeth Cox, Jessica Ruby
  • Content Producer Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Narrator Addison Anderson
  • Fact-Checker Francisco Diez

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