The Relationship between Asthma and Obesity in Urban Early Adolescents

Asthma and obesity, which have reached epidemic proportions, impact urban youth to a great extent. Findings are inconsistent regarding their relationship; no studies have considered asthma management. In an underserved, largely Hispanic and Black population of urban middle-school students with uncontrolled asthma, the study found that weight status was not associated with several measures of asthma morbidity, urgent health care utilization, and asthma management. Despite this, this study is important, because it specifically explores asthma prevention and management behaviors as they relate to obesity, and because it further highlights the co-morbidity of asthma and obesity, as well as the under-treatment of asthma in urban youth. To read the full study, published in the September edition of Pediatric Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonology, click here.