A large study, looking at the medical records of over 690,000 children between the ages of 2 and 19, found yet another health consequence of obesity. Carrying this extra weight in the mid-section increased risk of developing gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD or acid reflux.
GERD causes stomach acid to go back UP the esophagus. This can irritate and inflame the delicate lining of the esophagus. There can be a burning feeling in the chest.
Untreated GERD is not good! With the stomach acid constantly irritating the esophagus, over time the cells react and change. They may become cancerous. This condition is called Barrett’s esophagus.
Pediatric researchers are concerned about GERD starting in young obese children because this means they potentially have a longer time that their esophagus is exposed to the destructive stomach acid and bile. Will we see esophageal cancer at younger ages – we don’t know.
The bottom line: we need to help our young people get to and maintain a lean weight with a healthy diet and regular physical activity.
GERD Treatment Tips:
- NO caffeine: coffee, tea & sodas.
- NO alcohol.
- NO greasy or fatty foods.
- Lose tummy weight.
- Stay upright for several hours after eating.
- Elevate the head of the bed.
These baked stuffed potatoes are low in fat, high in protein with the addition of Greek yogurt to the potato filling. Top with grated veggies for added fiber. Make extras to keep in the refrig for an easy-to-warm-up snack.