Obese Children Risk Allergies

Obesity in children may be a risk factor and predictor for the development of allergies. These findings were presented at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, at the association's 2005 annual meeting.

Researchers from Kurume University School of Medicine in Fukuoka, Japan, examined the relationship between the seriousness of obesity, allergic factors and symptoms in obese and non-obese children.

They found that obese children have significantly higher blood levels of IgE - an immune factor that is a predictor of future development of allergies. They also observed a significant correlation between levels of IgE and leptin - a hormone involved in the regulation of eating behaviour. These findings suggest that obesity is a risk factor for the development of allergies.

No. 20, 2005
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