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Medical News & Perspectives
May 7, 2014

Studies Probe Links Between Childhood Asthma and Obesity

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JAMA. 2014;311(17):1718-1719. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.4333

For decades, investigators have been documenting associations between obesity and asthma in adults, although the underlying mechanisms involved have remained largely unknown. Ongoing work is revealing a link in children as well and is providing new insights into the potential basis of the association.

“There appear to be causative links from the perspective of obesity preceding asthma, but it does not appear to be a simple causal pathway,” said Deepa Rastogi, MBBS, MS, director of the Pediatric Asthma Center of the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City.