Cheese can cause constipation or irregular bowel movements in some people, but it is not binding in all people. Most people who have difficulty processing cheese and other dairy products are lactose intolerant. Symptoms of lactose intolerance range in severity and include diarrhea, constipation, bloating, gas and other gastrointestinal symptoms.
People who have difficulty digesting cheese and other dairy products can choose lactose-free products or take a lactase supplement, which will help them with digestion. Additionally, many people may also find that they can tolerate small amounts of cheese and dairy and that their gastrointestinal symptoms flare up only after consuming a large amount.