Childhood Obesity and Asthma Severity: Is There a Link?

El Helaly, N.; Kamel, Y.; Elaziz, E. Abd; Elwan, A.; Nabih, M.
April 2009
Journal of Biological Sciences;2009, Vol. 9 Issue 3, p259
Academic Journal
The aim of this study was to prove the relation between childhood obesity and asthma severity and that weight reduction improves asthma outcome. The study included 40 children with age range of 6-12 years divided into two groups; group I included 20 overweight moderate persistent asthmatics who will follow a weight reduction diet for 6 months and group II including 20 non obese moderate persistent asthmatics. All patients were assessed initially and after 6 months clinically and by Spirometric examination. Comparing both groups I and II at the beginning of the study as regards their spirometric results; group II had higher values in all parameters (FVC, FEV1, PEF mid FEF 25-75) with p values of 0.001, 0.004, 0.001 and 0.001, respectively. There was also a marked statistically significant difference between all parameters of spirometry in group I before and after weight loss with a p-value of 0.001 in all parameters. Obesity is a cause of poor asthma control and weight reduction can be used as an adjunctive to decrease the need for medications and improve quality of life in obese children with persistent asthma.


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