Unbelievably, the acid-stopping purple pill Nexium is now FDA-approved for use in kids ages 12-17.
But literally 50 percent of children in North and South America will be overweight by 2010.
Anyone overweight has a 1.4 times as likely to have GERD symptoms and anyone obese is twice as likely.
Too much fat inside the body mashes the small intestine and stomach, upping the pressure, leading to reflux, heartburn, chest pain and difficulty swallowing. The belly fat also releases inflammation which releases reflux.
GERD can worsen asthma and pneumonia, and cause hoarseness, chronic cough, and even dental problems…and it has quadrupled the rate of esophageal cancer.
GERD can be effectively–for many of the 20 percent of adults who have it–treated with food and weight loss.
This polysyllabic discomfort is worth, according to news reports $4.6 billion annually to Nexium-maker Astra-Zeneca…which reportedly is planning to study kids under 12 years old with GERD!
Wouldn’t it be better to sink the dollars into childhood obesity prevention and treatment?