In the United States, approximately 40 percent of the population suffers from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) each month. There are many terms in medicine which are synonymous with this illness such as heartburn, acid indigestion, acid reflux, and acid regurgitation. There is a distinction between gastroesophageal reflux (GER) and GERD. Specifically, GERD is more serious than GER [1, 2].
Risk factors for this medical condition include pregnancy, overweight and obesity, cigarette smoking, and certain medications. The discomfort often results from stomach acid which comes into contact with the esophageal mucosa. Excessive body weight will naturally predispose to this occurrence—especially when clothing around the waist is too tight .