According to researchers at the University of California San Francisco, children who are overweight are up to 50 percent more likely to develop asthma. While children who were heavy at birth, have a 20 percent greater risk of developing the disease.
The researchers who analyzed twelve previous studies found that overweight children were at an increased risk of developing asthma than their peers who were considered to be at a normal weight.
The findings, published in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood claim the rate of asthma among U.S. children has increased dramatically over the past twenty years, coinciding with the recent obesity epidemic among children.
Researchers note family history of asthma, genetic predisposition to allergies, and air pollution are also to blame for the increased risk.
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