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Asthmatic Symptoms, Physical Activity, and Overweight in Young Children: A Cohort Study

Posted Apr 01 2009 3:48pm

I wanted to share an article with you published last year in a very reliable journal entitled Pediatrics.  Clinical research is one of the ways that medicine advances and this article addresses a very important point for children with asthma and overweight.  Their hypothesis to be tested is that asthmatic children tend to be less active and thus more overweight than those children without this particular health issue.  Well, "no association was found between wheezing at any age and overweight at the age of 4-5 years."  Excellent!  In other words, if your child has asthma, there is no reason why that should stop them from being physically active and theoretically that should keep them from being overweight.  Isn't that great news?  Swimming, team sports, yoga, pilates, ... these are different types of exercise that could be good for asthmatics.  Know your child and help them choose a sport that they would like to pursue.  (On a side note, if your child  is asthmatic and overweight, other factors are contributing to this and should be evaluated).

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