Flatulence is often called farting, breaking wind, or passing gas. This common ailment often happens because you swallow more air than usual, overeat, smoke, chew gum, or eat foods that cause gas. Flatulence can be embarrassing and painful for anyone, but dont worry! You easily reduce flatulence with diet and lifestyle choices. If your flatulence is causing you serious discomfort, or if you think there might be an underlying medical issue, see your doctor.