Parents, please take note Obese children are an increased risk of asthma, a new study has found.
The findings suggest that the incidence of an asthma diagnosis among children with obesity is significantly higher than those in a normal weight range and 23 to 27 percent of new asthma cases are directly related to obesity.
"Paediatric asthma is the most prevalent childhood conditions and comes at a high cost to patients, families and the greater health system," said co-author Terri Finkel from Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando.
"There are few preventable risk factors to reduce the incidence of asthma, but our data shows that the reduction of childhood obesity can significantly reduce the public health burden of the asthma," Finkel added.
The study team analyzed medical records of more than 500,000 children.
The researchers reviewed de-identified data of patients aged two to 17 without an history of asthma, receiving care from six paediatric academic medical centers between 2009 and 2015.
Overweight or obese patients were matched with normal weight patients of the same age, gender, race, ethnicity, insurance type and location of care.
The researchers found that obesity in children with asthma Being overweight was identified as a risk factor for asthma, and the association was diminished when the most stringent definition of asthma was used.
"Addressing childhood obesity should help improve the quality of life of children and help reduce paediatric asthma," Finkel noted.