NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Children and teens who are overweight or obese may be more likely to develop asthma, according to recent US research.
The researchers said in the journal Pediatrics, or Pediatrics, that research has long been linked between obesity and asthma in adults, but provides conflicting evidence for this for young people.
The current study followed more than 500,000 children between the ages of two and 17 years to four years on average. The result is that around 8 percent of these children suffer from asthma.
The study found that overweight children were 17 percent more likely to develop asthma than healthy weight children. Obese young people are 26 percent more likely to have asthma. When the researchers looked at the relationship between asthma and obesity based on tests. Known as a breathing test, which shows how easy it is to remove air from the lungs, find a stronger connection. The study concluded that obesity is associated with an increased risk of asthma by 29 percent based on these more accurate diagnostic criteria.