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School-Age Children at Risk for Obesity and Asthma

Over the past 20 years, incidents of both asthma and obesity have been steadily and quickly rising in American boys and girls. In the past, health care providers believed children with asthma were less likely to take part in physical activity and therefore they become more inclined to weight gain. To the contrary, new studies show overweight kids are one and a half times more often diagnosed with new cases of asthma.

In the fight to combat epidemics of asthma and obesity in children, these new finding have significant public health implications. Within the last 10 years, the number of overweight kids in the U.S. has risen by 40 percent. By knowing that obesity contributes to the development of asthma in children, doctors and public health professionals can target obesity prevention as a way to control new cases of asthma.

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