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Obese children ‘are 30 per cent more at risk of developing asthma’, scientists claim

Obese children ‘are 30 per cent more at risk of developing asthma’, scientists claim

  • Obese children are 30 per cent increased risk of developing childhood asthma
  • Scientists claim being overweight alters the development of lungs and airways
  • They stress that most causes of asthma are unavoidable, such as genetics

One in ten cases of childhood asthma is caused by obesity, researchers claim.

A study of 500,000 children reveals those who are obese have a 30 per cent increased risk of developing asthma.

Scientists, from Duke University in the US, think being overweight alters development of lungs and airways and has a hormonal impact on the body, which increases inflammation. 

A study of 500,000 children reveals those who are obese have a 30 per cent increased risk of developing asthma [File photo]

They stress that most causes of asthma are unavoidable, such as genetics and viral infections.

The study’s lead author Jason Lang told Pediatrics medical journal: ‘Obesity may be the only risk factor for childhood asthma that could be preventable.’

One in ten cases of childhood asthma is caused by obesity, researchers claim [File photo]

One in ten cases of childhood asthma is caused by obesity, researchers claim [File photo]

Some 1.1 million children in Britain have asthma. 

Data shows 34 per cent of children are overweight at the age of 11.

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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