Maternal obesity is linked to risk of childhood asthma

10/11/2011 | Reuters

A Swedish study of more than 129,000 mothers in Stockholm and their 189,000 children found that children of mothers with a body mass index of 35 and above had a 61% increased risk of developing asthma by 8 to 10 years old. Maternal obesity raises the risk of childhood obesity, which in turn affects children's immune system and responses toward allergies, said lead author Adrian Lowe. The findings appear in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

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