New Data Analysis Shows Possible Link between Childhood Obesity and Allergies – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. A new study indicates there may be another reason to reduce childhood obesity—it may help prevent allergies.
Zeldin: In short what we found was that being obese or overweight was associated with increased risk of allergy.
Narrator: Dr. Darryl Zeldin at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences adds that obesity doesn’t necessarily cause allergies.
Zeldin: We simply can say that the two are associated. That if you’re obese you’re more likely to have allergies, if you’re not obese, you’re less likely to have allergies, but we can’t say that obesity causes allergies.
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