New Data Suggests Link Between Childhood Obesity and Allergies

  A study published in the May issue

of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical

Immunology indicated that there

may be a link between obesity and

increased incidence of allergies.

The study analysed data from 4,111

children and young adults aged 2-19

years of age. It looked at antibody




levels to a wide range of antigens as well as a questionnaire about diagnoses of hayfever,

eczema and allergies. The researchers found that IgE levels were higher among children

who were obese or overweight. Obese children were about 26 times more likely to

have allergies than children of normal weight.


Source: Visness CM, London SJ, Daniels JL, Kaufman JS, Yeats KB, Siega- Riz AM, Liu

AH, Calatoni A, Zeldin DC, Association of Obesity with IgE levels and allergy symptoms

in children and adolescents: Results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination

Survey 2005-2006. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. May 2009


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