How many of us are overweight?

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CathyA
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   Posted 2/9/2006 5:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,
   I'm just curious.....how many of you are overweight.  I am.
I also am very high waisted, and I've always wondered if that put alot more pressure on my epigastric and chest area.

dfox6
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   Posted 2/9/2006 6:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Not me!  I'm just 6 inches short for my weight. tongue

GaryB
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   Posted 2/9/2006 10:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Great Question.... I am overweight and finally doing something about it. Gerd has gotten so bad something has to be done. In 1991 I was 245lb 37/m. Starting in 1992 I stopped working out and by 1998 up to over 300. I don't remember any real long term problems untill I hit 280. In 2004 I topped out at 325. I'm 295 now and low carbing it, it seems to be helping alot. I'd love to see some over all stats for people with gerd by age and weight. I know slim folks have it too, my Dad did and he was thin. My guess, and just a guess is that 75-80% are overweight. I can't wait to get down to 270-275 to see what I feel like. I've had this for 15 years, last 8 have been the worst. Lots of PPI's.

Nikib5
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   Posted 2/10/2006 8:03 AM (GMT -6)   

I'm 5'3" and around 108lbs. I lost 12 lbs last spring (I wanted to). I feel better being thinner. I also try to exercise every day. I've had such a sensitive stomach all my life, I know that's what has kept me thin.

~Niki


GaryB
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   Posted 2/11/2006 4:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Its interesting to me that more people haven't posted to this thread. I'm wondering if my guess is closer than I thought. Like I said its a large part of my problem that I just kept refusing to believe. My fault.

CathyA
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   Posted 2/11/2006 7:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I definitely have more problems with GERD, the heavier I am. Also....another problem I think I have is that I am very high waisted. My waist sits high and my torso is short (compared to my long legs), and I feel like I have alot of pressure in my epigastric area.....just from not having enough space for everything! I definitely cause myself problems when I lean over to pick things up, tie shoes, etc. If I were thinner, it would be much less of a problem. Sometimes I think I give myself a sliding hiatal hernia, because of all that pressure when I work leaning over.

thedwp
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   Posted 2/11/2006 8:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm maybe 5 or 6 pounds overwieght.
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mlp
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   Posted 2/12/2006 12:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Yep, I'm overweight. I probably lost 15 to 20 pounds when I started feeling really bad last fall. I feel better now but I could still lose another 15 pounds or so. I observed that as I lost weight and felt better my pants also felt less tight. I imagine they were putting pressure on my stomach and hiatel hernia. I don't know if that's causation or correlation, but the weight loss did seem to help.

Joan M
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   Posted 2/12/2006 1:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes I am overweight.  I have atypical GERD which does not act up when I lie down but is a problem with the upper esophageal spincter muscle caused by alot of coughing and brochodilators.  It leaves me with a terrible taste in my mouth and sometimes larynitis.  Remember how many people are overweight and do not jump to the conclusion that's what causes GERD.  Being overweight is unhealthy though and we should strive to exercise and eat right. 

GaryB
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   Posted 2/12/2006 2:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't think gerd is caused by being overweight. I'm sure its people who have a loose LES for what ever reason. But if your one of those unlucky people and overweight, then I think it causes alot more problems. I could never understand when I asked people I knew alot heavier than I was if they had stomach problems and they said no. But now it makes sense that if LES is the problem then weight could add to it alot. I'm glad more people are answering this.

krushedspritecan
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   Posted 2/12/2006 5:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I am not overweight and i have GERD. It stinks that everything i read on GERD says to lose 10 or 15 pounds.. If i lost that much i would look like a skeleton. But i have noticed that exercising helps reduce my GERD.

gpalmos
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   Posted 2/13/2006 4:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I am overweight by 20 lbs

PATB
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   Posted 2/14/2006 12:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I was overweight but lost 40 lbs.  Now I weight less than the doc told me to but I still have the acid.  CathyA  I read with great interest the part about the splashing acid in your throat.  This happen to me a couple of years ago and I did not know what it was except that I was going to choke to death.  It scared me so bad I guzzled water and then it was like may lungs collaped and I could not breathe.  For the past 3 months I have had this continually.  Is it the acid reflux?  I take tums and that helps.  The zantac did not help it.  I do not want to take PPI's.  Usually water will help with this if I go slowly - not guzzle.  It is very scary.  I am afraid not to drink the water because I am afraid this is going to choke me to death.  How do you deal with this?  I tried to explain to my doctor but honestly they don't know anything! 

Joan M
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   Posted 2/14/2006 6:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Pat B: I also have sour acid in my throat. I would guesstimate it's about 4 tablespoons full and it is gross. I didn't freak out about it and it went away. I had it a lot when I had a bronchial infection and was coughing alot. I've had it twice since then both times in the morning when I was leaning my head down. I suspect the doc won't know anything about it. I have the most gosh-awful taste in my mouth quite often from reflux. I guess I'll just keep coping with it and hope something good comes down the pike for me.

Norm1
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   Posted 2/14/2006 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,
Its not being overweight that causes GERD, but rather that the overweight and heartburn sufferers have something in common. They both consume an excess of carbohydrats. Limiting those will bring both under control.

Dr Norm

CathyA
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   Posted 2/15/2006 12:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Dr. Norm,
Have you found that there is a higher number of O-blood type people who have this greater inability to deal with carbs? Thanks.

VV
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   Posted 2/15/2006 2:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I don't believe that being overweight causes GERD, but, it might cause a little more symptoms.  I am not overweight and have recently gained a few pounds, because I was a little underweight.  I have always been relatively small/medium build and suffer reflux for yrs......Hope this helps...
 
Huggs,
Vanessa 

peoplz
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   Posted 2/17/2006 12:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been slightly underweight all my life, since my GERD/nausea/allergies started I've lost weight and I'm very underweight now.

I don't think weight causes GERD most of the time, although it can make it worse.
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