Obesity is linked to increased asthma risk in children, finds study

Obese children have almost one-third higher risk of developing asthma compared to children of healthy weight, and a retrospective US study1 has found.

"There are few preventive risk factors to reduce the incidence of asthma, but our data show that reducing the onset of childhood obesity could significantly reduce the public health burden of asthma," said study author Terri Finkel of Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, in the US.

Obesity in adults has been shown to be linked to adult asthma but …

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