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Revista médica de Chile

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PETERMANN-ROCHA, Fanny  and  EN REPRESENTACION DEL GRUPO ELHOC et al. Association between adiposity and asthma. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2019, vol.147, n.6, pp.733-740. ISSN 0034-9887.


In people with asthma, adiposity is associated with more symptoms and less control of the disease whereas on those without asthma adiposity is associated with a higher risk of developing the disease.


To investigate the association between asthma and adiposity markers in Chilean adults.

Material and Methods:

Data from 5,499 adults older than 15-years-old from the Chilean National Health Survey 20162017 were analyzed. Quintiles of body-mass index (BMI) and waist circumference (WC) were used as a proxy of adiposity. The association between asthma and quintiles of BMI and WC was determined by logistic regression.


A higher BMI and WC was associated with a higher odds for asthma. This trend remained significant even after adjusting the models for socio-demographic factors, physical activity and smoking (Odds Ratio [OR] BMI: 1.13 [95% confidence intervals (CI): 1.04; 1.22], p < 0.01 and OR WC: 1.15 [95% IC: 1.06; 1.25], p < 0.01).


A higher BMI and WC were positively associated with asthma.

Keywords : Adiposity; Asthma; Obesity; Respiratory Tract Diseases.

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