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Childhood adiposity predicts adult-onset current asthma in females: a 25-yr prospective study


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Burgess, JA, Walters, EH, Byrnes, GB, Giles, GG, Jenkins, MA, Abramson, MJ, Hopper, JL and Dharmage, SC 2007 , 'Childhood adiposity predicts adult-onset current asthma in females: a 25-yr prospective study' , European Respiratory Journal, vol. 29, No. 4 , pp. 668-675 , doi: 10.1183/09031936.00080906.

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Few data exist on associations between childhood adiposity and incident asthma in
later life. The present authors examined the relationship between childhood body mass index
(BMI) and incident asthma beginning in adolescence or in adult life.
All subjects included in the study were participants in the Tasmanian Asthma Survey, a large
population-based cohort study, and were asthma free at 7 yrs of age. Weight, height and lung
function were measured at 7 yrs of age. Asthma status at 7 and 32 yrs of age was ascertained by
questionnaire. Odds ratios were calculated for the association between childhood adiposity,
expressed as ‘‘overweight’’ or as BMI z-score quartiles at 7 yrs of age, and asthma development
after that age.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Burgess, JA and Walters, EH and Byrnes, GB and Giles, GG and Jenkins, MA and Abramson, MJ and Hopper, JL and Dharmage, SC
Journal or Publication Title: European Respiratory Journal
ISSN: 0903-1936
DOI / ID Number: 10.1183/09031936.00080906
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