Child Obesity

 FRIDAY, Dec. 23, 2011 (HealthDay News) — Children who are overweight or obese during early childhood have a greater risk of having asthma at age 8 than normal-weight kids, a new study finds.

Researchers in Sweden followed more than 2,000 children for eight years, using preschool and school health records to track their height and weight at ages 1 year, 18 months, 4 years and 7 years. Parents completed questionnaires about their child’s health, including asthma and allergy status.

Children who had persistently high BMI (body mass index) — in the 85th percentile or above — throughout early childhood, or who were normal-weight toddlers but gained weight and had a high BMI at age 7, were more likely to have asthma than kids who had a normal body weight.

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