Weight and Heartburn: Does Weight Cause Heartburn/GERD?


Anybody can get heartburn symptoms didn’t improve. “People were very annoyed that their diets were so limited and their heartburn [was] no better.”

If certain spicy foods or some beverages are known to trigger your heartburn, of course, it’s wise to avoid them, she tells patients. But for those whose heartburn gets no better with a bland diet, she has a simple two-step plan:

  • Lose weight.
  • Elevate the head of the bed.

“Being overweight is an independent risk factor for heartburn,” Gerson says. So if your heartburn isn’t improving despite several lifestyle changes, maybe it’s time to talk with your doctor about a sensible weight loss and exercise plan to get you below a BMI of 25.