Obesity and Asthma

Researchers may have found a correlation between the increasing weight in an obese child and respiratory tract infection, which is one of the inducers of asthma. An increase in weight will also change a child’s lung mechanical function, which eventually can cause airway hyper-responsiveness.

Obese or overweight children usually have more frequent visits to the family doctor and emergency room for asthma related issues. Children that are obese and overweight who have asthma, have extra weight on their lungs that make them feel as if they need to use more of their asthma medications. In addition, obese children do not respond as well to steroids as do children of normal weight.

Asthmatic children who are physically active have these advantages in their asthma life:

- Require less asthma education

- Have less absences from school

- Have less anxiety (which often leads to asthma)

Many children with asthma tend to shy away from physical activity. If a child’s asthma is under control, they should participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

Christopher Christie, MPH, CRT, AE-C

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