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Health.com: Surprising Heartburn Triggers

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Being Overweight

The more you weigh, the more likely you are to have heartburn. A 2003 study in the "Journal of the American Medical Association" found that the risk of acid reflux symptoms increases along with body-mass index (BMI). The association seems to be stronger in women than men (especially premenopausal women).

Explanations vary. Poor diet, excess body fat in the abdomen, and chemicals released by body fat have all been cited as possible culprits.

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