Academic journal article Environmental Health Perspectives

Childhood Obesity

Academic journal article Environmental Health Perspectives

Childhood Obesity

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Obesity and Asthma Risk in School-Age Children

Gilliland FD, Berhane K, Islam T, McConnell R, Gauderman WJ, Gilliland SS, Avol E, Peters JM. 2003. Obesity and the risk of newly diagnosed asthma in school-age children. Am J Epidemiol 158:406-115.

Both asthma and obesity have been rapidly increasing in incidence among children in the past 20 years. Health care providers have explained this association as evidence that children with asthma are less likely to engage in physical activity and therefore more prone to gain weight. However, this interpretation has been challenged in recent studies, including this work by an NIEHS-supported research team from the University of Southern California.

The team studied the association of newly diagnosed asthma and the development of obesity using data collected at yearly assessments over a six-year period. The data were gathered as part of the Children's Health Study of Southern California, a longitudinal study of respiratory health among nearly 3,800 youngsters aged 7-18. Most of the children were white or Hispanic. About 20% had a history of physician-diagnosed allergy; 24% of the boys and 21% of the girls reported ever experiencing wheeze. …

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