Mary Helen et al conducted a study to determine
the association of asthma and obesity in children of different race and
A population based cross sectional study was
done to measure height-weight and their medical records were studied to find
out the occurrence of asthma in adolescents and children in the Kaiser
Permanente Southern California integrated health plan from 2007 to 2009.
About 681,122 respondents aged between 6-19
years were enrolled in the study.
It was discovered that the relationship between
BMI and asthma was inferior for African Americans as compared to youths from
other races and ethnic groups.
The experts further noted the presence of strong
relationship between asthma and BMI in Hispanic groups.
The researchers said that the obese youth with
asthma visited the doctor for asthma treatment more frequently as compared to
The amount of inhaled or oral corticosteroids
used by the overweight young people with known asthma was far more than their
Mary Helen Black, the lead author of the study
and PhD at the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Department of Research
& Evaluation said, "This research contributes to the growing evidence
that there is a relationship between childhood obesity
and suggests that factors related to race and ethnicity, particularly for
Hispanic youth, may modify this relationship." She further added,
"The study's large and diverse population, which is broadly representative
of the Southern California region, allowed us to examine a wide range of BMI
categories in relation to asthma among youth from five racial/ethnic
This cross-sectional study highlighted the
prevalence of asthma in youth belonging to ethnically and racially diverse
segment of population. About 18 percent of the enrolled youth were reported
This study employed electronic records to
determine the susceptibility of psoriasis - a skin disease, in overweight
study concluded that a strong association existed between body mass index
(BMI) and asthma in different races and ethnic groups.
Higher Prevalence of Obesity Among Children With
Asthma; Mary Helen et al; Pediatric Obesity 2012