Obese people are more likely to suffer from asthma, claims a new study.
Research conducted by Rand Sutherland of the US-based National Jewish Medical and Research Center and published in the latest issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, concluded that asthma incidence is around 50 per cent higher in obese people.
The study involved seven studies of 333,102 asthma sufferers and discovered that those that are overweight or obese are more likely to develop asthma. Therefore, more should be done to encourage healthy eating habits in order to limit sufferer numbers as well as tackling a number of other chronic weight-related diseases.
"If significant weight loss could be achieved in the population of overweight and obese individuals, it could be estimated that the number of new asthma cases in United States adults might fall by as much as 250,000 per year," explained Dr Sutherland.
He added that small changes in body mass index could result in significant decreases in the level of asthma incidence in both children and adults.
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