Link between child obesity and allergies?
by Alan Cooper
As if overweight kids and teens didn't have enough to worry about. A new study had found a possible link between child obesity and allergies.
There are already many reasons to be worried about child obesity - bigger risk of heart disease, Type II Diabetes and bullying. Now there may be another reason for concern. A new study has found that being obese could make children more prone to allergies.
It's published in the May issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and shows that obese kids and teens have a bigger risk of having some kind of allergy, especially to a food.
"We found a positive association between obesity and allergies," said Darryl Zeldin, M.D., acting clinical director at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and senior author of the paper.
"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," Zeldin said.
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