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Teens and Asthma

Obesity and Asthma

New research shows a direct link between childhood asthma and obesity: "Overweight or obese kids are more likely to experience asthma symptoms and end up in the ER," says Clark. But experts can't say yet whether asthma makes a kid more susceptible to obesity or if weighing more increases the likelihood of breathing troubles. Either way, parents need to know that it's vital to keep asthmatic tweens and teens exercising and eating nutritiously, says Dr. Matiz.