Extra weight places pressure on your stomach, which can prevent the lower esophageal sphincter from opening and closing properly. If you are overweight, losing as little as 10 to 15 pounds may improve your GERD symptoms. Doctors also recommend that people who have GERD wear loose clothing to keep additional pressure off their stomachs.
If you want to know if you are within a healthy weight range or would like to learn more about how your weight affects your health, find out your body mass index. Body mass index, or BMI, is a formula that uses your height and weight to estimate your total body fat. It is a measure of obesity and is used to determine your risk for developing certain diseases. A BMI of 24 or less is considered healthy.