Curbside Consultation in GERD: 49 Clinical Questions

Philip O. Katz, MD

Question 44: What Is The Association Of Obesity And Gerd? (continued)

The prevalence of obesity (defined as body mass index [BMI] > 30) has increased from approximately 15% in 1980 (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey II [NHANES II]) to almost 31% (NHANES Continuous 1999 to 2000). Standard textbooks and articles refer to weight reduction as an important component of treatment. The literature is replete with reports attempting to substantiate or refute the long-held assumption of the association between obesity and GERD. Obesity may be a risk factor for the development of Barrett’s esophagus and adenocarcinoma of the esophagus…