I was hospitalized for a spontaneous esophageal perforation about 6 months ago. It is a very long story with multiple complications. It resulted in the doctors basically starving me for almost 6 weeks. I lost almost 50 lbs during the last 3 of those weeks due to the complications from the perforation. I was not given any nutrition other than IV fluids. Thankfully I have fully recovered from the perforation. My question is not related to the perf, but to the result of the starvation. I was somewhat physically fit prior to the hospitalization. I now have almost a “ring” around my lower abdomen of fat or bloat. It is very noticeable. I follow a strict, non-inflammatory diet and I exercise several times a week. Is this belly bloat a side effect of extreme starvation? What are some ways to help my system get back on track? I am a 30 year old female (29 at the time of hospitalization) and I have been considered “fully recovered” since the end of September. It almost seems as though the starvation had more of a lasting effect on my system than the perforation. I just don’t know enough about the long term effects of starvation and would like to gain more information so I can continue to improve my health. Thank you!