Adults with asthma 'more likely to become obese'

A large cohort study finds several patient- and disease-related factors predict a greater risk for weight gain

Adults with asthma are more likely to develop obesity later in life, particularly if they are non-atopic and have the disease for a long period, researchers have shown for the first time.

Older man with asthma

Data on more than 8700 patients from Australia and 11 European countries showed patients with asthma had a 21% overall increased relative risk of obesity compared with patients without asthma.

Having asthma for more than 20 years was associated with a 32% increased risk compared with shorter duration, and non-atopic asthma was associated