Total and Abdominal Obesity Are Risk Factors for Gastroesophageal Reflux Symptoms in Children
Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, 06/15/2012
Quitadamo P et al. – These preliminary data show that both total and abdominal obesity are risk factors for the development of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) symptoms in children. The risk of GERD symptoms rises progressively with the increase in both body mass index and waist circumference, even in normal–weight children.Methods
- The study population consisted of 153 healthy children. A detailed clinical history and a physical examination were obtained from each patient.
- A questionnaire on reflux symptoms was completed by caregivers.
- The reflux symptomatic score resulted significantly higher in obese than in normal-weight children and in children with WC >90th percentile compared with those with WC <75th percentile.