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Heartburn in a Sri Lankan community in the UK

Kajani Sivathasan (London South Bank University, London, UK)
Jill Davies (London South Bank University, London, UK)

Nutrition & Food Science

ISSN: 0034-6659

Article publication date: 13 September 2011




The aims of this study are to assess the prevalence and timings of heartburn symptoms in a Sri Lankan population living in the UK and to identify diet and lifestyle symptom triggers.


A total of 60 Sri Lankan adults, aged between 18 and 66 years completed a background questionnaire and a nine‐item gastro‐oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) impact scale.


Application of the GORD impact scale verified that all participants experienced heartburn symptoms on a weekly basis. Episodes of heartburn tend to occur post‐prandially. Diet and lifestyle factors were found to trigger heartburn symptoms particularly consuming spicy foods.

Research limitations/implications

The incidence of heartburn in Sri Lankans may be due to the process of acculturation to the Western diet and lifestyle.


This paper shows that Sri Lankans are susceptible to symptoms of heartburn.



Sivathasan, K. and Davies, J. (2011), "Heartburn in a Sri Lankan community in the UK", Nutrition & Food Science, Vol. 41 No. 5, pp. 319-325.



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