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

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 26 November 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k5001
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London, UK

Obese children have nearly a one third higher risk of developing asthma compared with children of healthy weight, a retrospective US study1 has found.

“There are few preventable risk factors to reduce the incidence of asthma but our data show that reducing the onset of childhood obesity could significantly lower the public health burden of asthma,” said study author Terri Finkel, from Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, Florida, in the US.

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

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