How is obesity associated with a child's risk of asthma?

Updated: Nov 20, 2020
  • Author: Michael J Morris, MD, FACP, FCCP; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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A study by Cottrell et al explored the relationship between asthma, obesity, and abnormal lipid and glucose metabolism. [28] The study found that community-based data linked asthma, body mass, and metabolic variables in children. Specifically, these findings described a statistically significant association between asthma and abnormal lipid and glucose metabolism beyond body mass association. Evidence is accumulating that individuals with a high body mass index have worse asthma control and sustained weight loss improves asthma control. [29]

Accelerated weight gain in early infancy is associated with increased risks of asthma symptoms according to one study of preschool children. [30]

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