Link Between Asthma And Obesity

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The worldwide prevalence of childhood overweight and obesity increased from 4.2% in 1990 to 6.7% in 2010. This trend is likely to continue and the prevalence is expected to reach 9.1%, or 60 million, in 2020 (Raj Manu, 2012). Additionally, it is known that childhood obesity is occurring at younger ages. Obesity in children can affect their health by potentially having to deal with hypertension, diabetes type 2, sleep apnea, Asthma and or heart and liver complications due to child obesity. These health problems can have a dramatic effect on a child’s everyday life. the health risks associated with being obese as a child is not worth it.
Many people believe that hypertension only affects adults but children are susceptible to getting hypertension
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First off, what is asthma? Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways, in which the inflammation in most cases causes, but is not limited to recurrent episodes of wheezing, chest tightness, coughing and breathlessness. Now what classifies one as being obese? Obesity is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) at or above the 95th percentile, whereas just being overweight is above the 85th percentile, but still under the 95th percentile (Strunk, Colvin, Bacharier, Fuhlbrigge, Forno, Arbelaez, & Tantisira, 2015). Worldwide, there are more than 40 million overweight children below the age of 5. Obese and overweight children are more likely to struggle with asthma than children of normal weight because “fat is a huge reservoir of toxins and toxins can cause inflammation,” says Dr. Eghrari Sabet. To avoid obesity and asthma complications, children should be encouraged to live an active lifestyle with a nutritional diet to accommodate it. As far as treatment goes, a cure for asthma is a long way off. However, asthma can be managed with medications and other medical methods, like inhalers and

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