Obesity linked to severe asthma requiring aggressive management

UK researchers used data from 666 patients listed with a national severe asthma registry to compare disease characteristics among different BMI categories. Patients with obesity had greater need for maintenance corticosteroid, steroid burst and short-acting beta agonists therapy, compared to the overweight and normal weight groups.

The authors also found that almost 54% of patients with high BMI had GORD, compared to 40% of those with a normal weight, and they were more likely to have eczema.