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HHS HealthBeat (February 14, 2014)

Obese kids, asthma and air pollution

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

A study indicates obese children who live with more air pollution are more likely to have asthma. At Columbia University Medical Center, Rachel Miller looked at data on 311 children in New York City. Each child had a monitor in the home to measure pollutants known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAH, which can come from vehicles, cigarette smoke, space heating and other sources.

“Among those children who were obese, there was an increased risk of PAH exposure being associated with asthma that was absent among children who were not obese.”

The risk for the obese kids was two to three times higher when PAH levels were high.

The study in the journal Environmental Research was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: February 14, 2014