Researchers aren’t sure yet whether the heaviness is the cause of allergies. But further study is clearly needed, as the asthma and allergy rates for kids is higher than in the past.
Altogether, 4,000 kids were surveyed through the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). Said director Dr. Darryl Zeldin,
While the results from this study are interesting, they do not prove that obesity causes allergies. More research is needed to further investigate this potential link.
So what defines “obese”? And what can we do for these kiddos?Obese kids were in the 95th percentile for their Body Mass Index (BMI) or higher. In the U.S., 16 percent of kids aged 2-19 fall into this category. A recent study also shows that a full 20 percent of American 4-year-olds are obese.
That’s obese, folks, not just overweight. Indeed a problem. So what might cause these food allergies?
Personally, I’d like researchers to look into the diets of these children. From my experience, kids who are introduced a broad range of foods slowly are less likely to have food allergies. Let’s also remember that children who are exposed to the outdoors, especially on farms, can have a lower chance of allergies and asthma.
In this study, researchers looked at a number of factors, including total antibody levels to indoor, outdoor and food allergens, body weight, and responses to a questionnaire about diagnoses of hay fever, eczema, and allergies.
The study is published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
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