Asthma tied to childhood obesity

An asthma diagnosis may mean more than just breathing difficulties for Southern California children.

Researchers at USC’s Keck School of Medicine have found that kindergarten and first-grade children with asthma face a 51 percent chance of becoming obese during the next 10 years of their lives.

These results were published Friday, Jan. 20, in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. They are based on a project tracking the health of 2,171 Southern California children in 13 communities that started in 2001.

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