An excellent California study shows that school age children who were overweight or obese were at higher risk of developing asthma.
Boys were at greater risk than girls, and “nonallergic” kids more than “allergic kids.
Almost 3800 kids in Los Angeles had 5 visits by a physician to their school for this study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology this September.
What does this mean?
It means it’s not just high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease—not to mention merciless teasing at school. It’s potential shortness of breath and difficulty breathing, asthma medications and limits on school activities.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. Ask your pediatrician what you should do—physicians who advise parents have more successful patients than those who do not. Or get the help of a physician-specialist.