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Addicted to junk grub? Beware!

health-and-fitness Updated: Apr 23, 2007 13:55 IST

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Junk food is not only causing obesity but heartburn or acidity leading to ulcers and even cancer in food pipe, a study claimed. The nation-wide study has found that heartburn is affecting about three out of five urban Indians.

The study conducted in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Bhopal and Hyderabad showed that irregular food eating habits is another cause for heartburn among 71 per cent of the urban adult population.

"Food related problems constitute the largest chunk of reasons leading to acidity. Junk food and irregular food eating habits are the two main reasons for acidity," Anup Singh, who heads the Health Care Welfare society, an NGO that works on health-related matters.

"In most parts of India, people love to eat out and that results in Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease," he told PTI. GRE is a condition in which acid, bile and partially-digested food in the stomach back up into the esophagus, the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach.
Heartburn happens when the esophagus comes in contact with stomach acids. If it is overlooked or not treated, it could lead to ulcers and bleeding of the esophagus.

Also, there is a danger that it could lead to the cancer of the food pipe or esophagus," Singh told PTI.

Spicy and chilly based food like pizza, spicy curries, chips and snacks -- a must at parties, celebrations and social gathering are the main culprits (10 per cent) that are changing eating habits as well as interfering with lifestyle activities.

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