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Obesity and asthma

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There has long been an impression that overweight children are more likely to wheeze, but although the association has been well-defined in adults, until now studies in children have been inconclusive. Asthma definition is problematic, particularly as ‘physician-diagnosed’ asthma with no objective measures may be subject to bias: overweight children may be more likely to report feeling breathless, and doctors may be more inclined to declare a fat child to be asthmatic than a thin one.

As with many things, the USA leads the world, both …

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