It has been found that overweight toddlers who are able to shed the extra kilos with age are at a lower risk of asthma as compared to those who retain the baby fat according to a latest study.
The study was conducted on over 2,000 Swedish children, as they were followed through the years till they turned eight. It was found that six percent of the all eight-year-olds had asthma, whereas, 10 percent of these were overweight at the age of seven. There were several other factors that were also taken into account during the study. These were: family history of allergies and if mother smoked during pregnancy.
The prominent findings of the study were that kids who remained overweight even after turning seven had a greater chance of having asthma as compared to the kids who were thinner. These findings were true irrespective of the fact whether a child was overweight earlier in life or not.
On the other hand heavy toddlers who lost weight by the time they turned seven had no risk of asthma. It was thus proven that if kids are overweight after they are seven years old, their chances of getting asthma are more.
According to lead researcher Jessica Ohman Magnusson, of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, many overweight kids lose weight once they start school. However, she also suggested taking help incase a child’s weight issues persist after he or she turns four.
While many heavy kids have been seen to have asthma or increased chances of asthma; it is yet to be proven that being overweight is one of the causes of asthma in children. There can be many other related factors that increase asthma risk in heavy kids.
Explaining the same, Magnusson said:
“We don’t think we can say that overweight is causally associated with asthma — that is, that overweight causes asthma,”
The study findings have been reported in the journal Pediatrics.
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