These studies discuss the connection between increasing body mass index (BMI) and the frequency and severity of acid reflux symptoms. One study in particular found that when there was an accumulation of abdominal fat, as measured by the waist-to-hip ratio, may be the most important risk factor for reflux symptoms. This study also mentioned this accumulation of abdominal fat may increase the risk of developing severe GERD-related complications, such as Barrett's esophagus, erosive esophagitis, and esophageal cancer.
Other data examined by the authors of this article was whether weight loss, whether by diet modifications or surgical methods, had any effect on acid reflux symptoms. The studies examined showed acid reflux symptoms often decreased as excess weight was lost.
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Full text of the GERD and obesity article is available on the American College of Gastroenterology's web site.
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