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Asthma and Obesity

Written by Wendy Attew August 10, 2020 0 comment

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Asthma and Obesity (Part 2).

Is there a link between Asthma and Obesity? This is part 2 of a 3 part series about Asthma. Click this link for Part 1

What is Obesity and how does it link to Asthma?

Obesity describes someone who is overweight.

Obesity is becoming very common in the UK; and it is estimated that 1 in every 4 adults and 1 in every 5 children between the ages of 10-11 will be affected. {1}

Being over weight can lead to serious and sometimes life- threatening illness such as stroke, type 2 diabetes, heart problems or asthma.

If someone is overweight, losing some weight can help with their health. It is not fully understood by scientists the link between being overweight and asthma, but possible reasons are, reduced fitness levels, general inflammation of the body, and extra weight around the chest area causing increased breathlessness. {2}

Asthma and ObesityWeight Loss and Asthma Symptoms.

Losing weight helps with the symptoms of asthma.  However as most people know, losing weight is not always that simple, and then throwing exercise into the mix makes it quite challenging for someone with Asthma. {3}

There is no quick fix to losing weight but remember that there is a clear link between Asthma and Obesity so the sooner you start the better. The idea is to take your time and lose weight slowly, that way you are more likely to keep the weight off. Reduce your calorie intake, eat a healthy balanced diet and drink water to help curb those hunger pains.

Seek Medical Advice.

Speak to your GP or Practice Nurse about a reducing diet; they will be able to give you advice, support you though the process and monitor your weight.

My next blog will look at exercise and asthma.

See you soon!

Reference

NHS UK

2 Asthma UK

3 American Lung Association

 

Wendy Attew, Senior Moving and Handling Consultant

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