Weight likely cause for one-fourth of asthma cases in kids with obesity

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

A study including health data for more than 500,000 children in the U.S. suggests obesity might be to blame for about a quarter (23 to 27 percent) of asthma in children who are obese. This could mean about 10 percent of all kids ages 2 to 17 with asthma—almost 1 million children in the U.S.—might have avoided the illness by maintaining a healthy weight, according to researchers at Duke University and collaborators with the National Pediatric Learning Health System (PEDSnet). The findings will be published Nov. 26 by the journal Pediatrics. (more)

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