Obesity Older Children Are At Increased Risk Of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease – Part 3 of 3
Across the United States, gastroesophageal reflux disease may affect 2 percent to 10 percent of children, according to other studies, and in one school-based study, 40 percent of teens 14 to 18 reported at least one feature of esophageal GERD. “Knowing that GERD is associated with obesity in children, pediatricians can counsel those children to report symptoms of GERD and make lifestyle changes that end not only obesity, but target GERD”.
These changes include eating smaller meals, which will help reduce acid reflux. “Whether losing weight will help isn’t known, “but we can hypothesize that it will”. Dr Aymin Delgado, assistant professor of pediatric gastroenterology at the University of Miami Miller School, said that “the findings confirm what we in pediatric gastroenterology have been suspecting, because it is what we see”.
Obesity affects every component system. “Obesity poses clear risks for the future health of children. Many of these risks are ones that occur later in life, and it is hard to show that they are real. However, this study, shows that they are and shows that we poverty to identify these risks and monitor overweight and obese children and to manage them appropriately”.
Delgado said the key is prevention. “We need to take the risk of overweight and size seriously and we need to do something about it now. We need to keep the future health risks in mind when we see obese children”.