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January 2007


This article has been peer reviewed. It is the authors' final version prior to publication in Current Allergy and Asthma Reports 7:385-389, 2007. The original publication is available at or Copyright © 2007 by Current Medicine Group LLC.


The relationships, interactions, and association between obesity and asthma are complex, and are active sources of hypotheses and research. An association between obesity and asthma has been reported in many studies, although considerable debate about the existence of the association and its meaning still exists. Potential associative relationships may result from genetics, immune system modifications, and mechanical mechanisms. The rising prevalence of asthma and obesity in children and adults, and the significant morbidity from both, makes it imperative that clinicians recognize the importance of weight management in patients with and without asthma.