A new study aimed to determine whether asthma can lead to obesity in adults. Research already exists to show the reverse is true – obesity increases the risk of asthma – but Spanish researchers attempted to identify this new relationship.
To test this theory, researchers examined data from approximately 8,600 people living in a dozen countries. At the start of the study, all had asthma, but none were identified as obese. Participants received follow-up examinations at 10 and 20 years.
The findings showed that 10.2% of participants with asthma were obese at 10 years. This was compared to only 7.7% of patients without asthma. Additionally, patients who developed asthma when they were adults had a higher risk of obesity, as did those who had asthma without allergies.
These findings were presented at the European Respiratory Society’s International Congress on September 15, 2018.