A recently published medical study reveals that there is indeed a correlation between asthma and obesity in children. The study, which was published in the Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, shows that children who were diagnosed with asthma are 51 percent more likely to developed obesity later in life.
New clinical evidence shows that there is a link between being diagnosed with asthmas at a young age and developing obesity during later childhood and adolescence. Furthermore, the new study also pointed out that if you have asthma as a child, you are 51 percent more likely to develop obesity later in life.
However, the researchers have also observed that all children treated with asthma medication are 43 percent less likely to become obese. For the purpose of this new study focused on the link between asthma and obesity, Dr. Zhanghua Chen, the lead author, and her team of scientists have studied health charts belonging to approximately 2,200 kindergarteners.
Note that all the pertinent data used in the study was gathered during the CHS (Southern California Children’s Health Study). According to Chen, approximately 13 percent of the children have diagnosed with asthma at the beginning of the study.
In order to ascertain a link between asthma and obesity, Chen and her team kept tabs on the children’s health status for approximately ten years. At the end of the study, Chen and her team of medical researchers have discovered that only 15.8 percent of all children diagnosed with asthma at the beginning of the study developed obesity.
Chen explained that although the results of this new study clearly prove that there’s a link between obesity and asthma, she said that the study does have some limitations, and should not be taken for granted.
In elaborating their study, the scientists focused mainly on the number of asthma diagnosis, failing to factor in other variables such as diets, exercise, lifestyle, family background, education, environment, ethnicity, income, and smoking.
However, Frank D. Gilliland, one of the study’s authors, declared that the results had revealed a surprising fact – that obesity can be kept in check with asthma rescue medication and not with asthma control medication.
Gilliland believes that the study has potential and that more research is required in order to understand the complex interactions between the two medical conditions.
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