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Asthma risk higher in obese

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Asthma incidence is 50% higher in overweight patients than those of normal weight.

Asthma incidence is 50% higher in overweight patients than those of normal weight.

Researchers carried out a meta-analysis of seven studies on severe asthma involving 333,102 patients. They found a dose-dependent increase in the odds for asthma in overweight and obese men and women.

The authors said: 'Even small changes in mean population body mass index may translate into significant decreases in asthma incidence in children and adults.'

American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (2007) http://ajrccm.atsjournals.org

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