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Watch Your Weight
If you're overweight or obese, you're at an increased risk for heartburn. Although heartburn does occur in skinny people, excess abdominal fat (called omentum fat) can put extra pressure on the stomach, forcing its contents upward into the esophagus, causing reflux that contributes to heartburn. If you are overweight, losing just 10 pounds can offer some heartburn relief. To help drop weight, invest in a pedometer and try to get 10,000 steps a day.