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Studies show asthma may be aggravated by childhood obesity

Recent studies have concentrated on the possible links between childhood obesity and asthma and developing allergies. The researchers noted that, in addition to incidents of child obesity increasing, the numbers of children with asthma or allergies are also increasing.

Although there appears to be a number of links between obesity and asthma, the relationship between the two is still unclear, with many factors influencing the link between the two. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) from 2009 and 2010 indicated that 15 per cent of teenage girls were obese, while 18.6 per cent of teenage boys were classed as obese. The researchers also determined the number of children who are obese has tripled since the 1980s. The number of children with asthma had also increased significantly.

The study revealed a possible cause and effect relationship between asthma and obesity, as children who are asthmatic may not be as lively and energetic through fear of creating symptoms. The children who have asthma are more likely to remain indoors to avoid pollution and exercise while, at the same time, receiving frequent doses of steroids to control their symptoms. Although the study indicates that obesity is likely to occur before the onset of asthma in most instances, it is also possible that asthma could occur prior to obesity.

For many children, eating a nourishing meal during the day will help them to control their weight, while a healthy school tuckshop may help reduce snacking on sugary treats at break time.

Posted by Jennifer
November 2, 2014
Research

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