Eduard Veseliny, Martin Janičko, Peter Jarčuška
The prevalence of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and obesity and the incidence of their complications have risen
strikingly over the past few decades. In obese individuals, the prevalence of GERD is considered substantially higher
than the general population. Obese patients tend to have more severe erosive esophagitis and obesity is a risk factor
for the development of Barrett’s esophagus and adenocarcinoma of the esophagus. GERD may have different causative
factors in the obese compared with lean individuals. This review attempts to put in perspective the relationship of these
two common entities. In this article we will also focus on the proper treatment options for GERD in the obese patients.