Korean J Fam Pract. 2017; 7(6): 941-944  https://doi.org/10.21215/kjfp.2017.7.6.941
The Correlation between Obesity (Body Mass Index), Abdominal Obesity and Asthma in Korean Adults through the 5th National Health and Nutrition Survey
Bun-suk Park, Hae-il Park, Woo-cheol Lee*
Department of Family Medicine, Seongnam Central Hospital, Seongnam, Korea
Woo-cheol Lee
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Received: March 10, 2017; Revised: October 17, 2017; Accepted: October 19, 2017; Published online: December 20, 2017.
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Background: We examined the association between asthma and body mass index (BMI) and abdominal obesity in Korean adults using the 5th National Health Nutrition Survey data.
Methods: The study of the research was conducted through a survey of health checkups and health conscious attitudes in the Health and Nutrition Survey Questionnaire. In order to account for the characteristics of the survey participants, many variables were used in the study of the prevalence of obesity and asthma in the study of national health and nutrition. The use of variables commonly used in research related to obesity and asthma was used in the study. Age, gender, area, marital status, education level, income level, smoking, drinking, exercise, physical activity, sleep time, weight and height, and so on.
Results: No significant differences in the incidence of asthma were observed between obese and non-obese men and between obese and non-obese women. There was no difference in the incidence of asthma between participants with and without abdominal obesity.
Conclusion: This study found that there was no correlation between asthma incidence and obesity (BMI) or abdominal obesity in Korean adults. Further studies are required to validate our results.
Keywords: Asthma; Obesity; Abdominal Obesity; Body Mass Index
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