Body mass index and GERD: Is the association that huge?
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- Corley, D. Curr GERD Rep (2007) 1: 205. doi:10.1007/s12171-007-0020-2
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Body mass has been proposed as a modifiable risk factor for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Although this association makes intuitive sense, study results conflict. This article critically reviews the epidemiologic and mechanistic data surrounding the relationship between body mass index (BMI) and GERD, evaluates how the relationship may depend upon abdominal size, and explores potential alternative mechanisms through which body mass may influence the risk of GERD complications.