Childhood obesity in relation to poor asthma control and exacerbation: a meta-analysis.

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To estimate the association between obesity and poor asthma control or risk of exacerbations in asthmatic children and adolescents, and to assess whether these associations are different by sex.A meta-analysis was performed on unpublished data from three North-European paediatric asthma cohorts (BREATHE, PACMAN (Pharmacogenetics of Asthma medication in Children: Medication with Anti-inflammatory effects) and PAGES (Pediatric Asthma Gene Environment Study)) and 11 previously published studies (cross-sectional and longitudinal studies). Outcomes were poor asthma control (based on asthma symptoms) and exacerbations rates (asthma-related visits to the emergency department, asthma-related hospitalisations or use of oral corticosteroids). Overall pooled estimates of the odds ratios were obtained using fixed- or random-effects models.In a meta-analysis of 46 070 asthmatic children and adolescents, obese children (body mass index ≥95th percentile) compared with non-obese peers had a small but significant increased risk of asthma exacerbations (OR 1.17, 95% CI 1.03-1.34; I2: 54.7%). However, there was no statistically significant association between obesity and poor asthma control (n=4973, OR 1.23, 95% CI 0.99-1.53; I2: 0.0%). After stratification for sex, the differences in odds ratios for girls and boys were similar, yet no longer statistically significant.In asthmatic children, obesity is associated with a minor increased risk of asthma exacerbations but not with poor asthma control. Sex does not appear to modify this risk.

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Cited Authors

  • Ahmadizar, F; Vijverberg, SJH; Arets, HGM; de Boer, A; Lang, JE; Kattan, M; Palmer, CNA; Mukhopadhyay, S; Turner, S; Maitland-van der Zee, AH

Published Date

  • October 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 48 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 1063 - 1073

PubMed ID

  • 27587561

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1399-3003

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1183/13993003.00766-2016


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England