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Journal of Obesity
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 517417, 9 pages
Clinical Study

Measures of Obesity Associated with Asthma Diagnosis in Ethnic Minority Children

1Department of Preventive Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, 1 Gustave L. Levy Place, Box 1512, New York, NY 10029, USA
2Division of General Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY 10029-6574, USA

Received 14 September 2010; Revised 18 November 2010; Accepted 7 February 2011

Academic Editor: Gianluca Iacobellis

Copyright © 2011 Nita Vangeepuram et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective. The study objective was to examine relationships between different body size measurements and asthma in ethnic minority children. Methods. We used data from a community-based study of 505 children aged 6-to-8 years old to study the association of percent body fat, fat distribution, and BMI percentile with asthma diagnosis. Poisson regression models were used to compute prevalence ratios (PRs) for sex-specific quintiles of the body fat measures on the main outcome of asthma. Results. When comparing the highest quintile of each body fat measure to the combined lowest two quintiles, higher body mass index percentile, percent body fat, and waist circumference all were associated with a higher likelihood of physician-diagnosed asthma (PR = 1.63 (95% CI 1.12–2.39), 1.50 (95% CI 1.02–2.21), and 1.56 (95% CI 1.04–2.34), resp.). Conclusions. This study found a significant association between increased body size and asthma diagnosis, regardless of the measurement examined.