Recent analysis of medical information from nearly 700,000 overweight and obese young people found that they’re at a higher risk for acid reflux disease than are their healthy-weight counterparts.
“They found moderately obese children and teens were 30 percent more likely to have GERD [gastro-esophageal reflux disease]. Extremely obese kids and teens were 40 percent more like to have GERD than those at normal weight… The link between obesity and GERD has been known for adults, but doctors didn’t know whether children were suffering from this too.” [Source: CNN]
One of the most serious issues with acid reflux is that the longer a person has it the more likely that person is to develop esophageal cancer. The risk for acid reflux is one more in the long list of reasons why overweight and obese youth need help achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.
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