Studies Reveal that Asthmatic Children Are More Likely to Be Obese

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Jan 23, 2017 08:09 PM EST

Primatene Mist, a nonprescription inhaler used to help asthma patients breathe better during an asthma attack, is shown on January 25, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo : David McNew/Getty Images)

Asthmatics are often caught with other complications aside from the lack of breath and heavy coughing causing them to stay immobile.  A study that was done in California dug deeper into the correlation between asthma and obesity.

A group of researchers from California studied the correlation between asthma and obesity. Scientists reveal that children suffering from asthma are more likely to end up being obese compared to their peers. It was mentioned that children with asthma are 50 percent more likely to develop obesity when they'd grow up compared to other children of the same age group as per Daily Mail.

Having asthma may trigger obesity, but it was added that asthma medications can reduce the chances of being overweight. Brief Report added that the study was done by scientists from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.

Using asthma inhalers reduce the risk of weight gain by 43 percent. It was then added that asthma and obesity can escalate to other serious physical illnesses such as prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes. According to the statistics revealed by the researchers, 5 children in Britain aging 10 and 11 are obese while one in 11 of the children is prescribed with inhalers and other prescriptions.

"Asthma and obesity often occur together in children, but it is unclear whether children with asthma are at higher risk for onset of obesity or whether obese children develop asthma, or both," Lead author and a postdoctoral research associate of preventative medicine Dr. Zhanghua Chen stated during an interview. "Our findings add to the literature that early-life asthma history may lead to increased risk of childhood obesity."

Aside from asthma, there are countless factors that trigger obesity, one of which is the child's diet which can not only trigger asthma, but it expedites weight gain as well. Parents should be keen when it comes to their children's diet as the food child's food intake can aid in their overall health development as well.

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