You've just eaten a big meal and want to take a dip in the pool. Before diving in, you stop yourself. Aren't you supposed to avoid swimming after eating? Common belief says eating before swimming can cause cramps and even lead to drowning. Many of us have heard this piece of advice because parents have been telling it to children for decades. But is a full stomach truly incompatible with swimming?
According to the American Red Cross, going for a swim after eating a meal isn't dangerous. Let's take a look at how this common belief started and why eating and swimming might not be a great combination — even if it doesn't increase the risk of drowning.