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A Few Extra Pounds May Harm Lung Function in Black, Hispanic Kids
Date:2/22/2013

e and asthmatic. Early identification of a drop in lung function can assist in better patient management."

While the study showed a connection between being overweight and having airway problems, it didn't establish a cause-and-effect relationship.

Although asthma is usually attributed to environmental factors such as secondhand smoke and exposure to dust or mold, the study authors suggested ethnic differences in body shape and upper body fat distribution may shed light on this discrepancy. Weight gain in Hispanics and blacks may be associated with increased abdominal fat, they explained. This extra belly fat could increase the prevalence of asthma in these minority groups.

The researchers noted previous research has shown that waist circumference is linked to the severity of asthma. Waist size, they added, also has an inverse relationship with lung function.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides tips for parents on how to help their children maintain a healthy weight.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Montefiore Medical Center, news release, Feb. 19, 2013


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