The effects of obesity on pulmonary function in children
The prevalence of obesity has risen rapidly in the United States in the past 20 years. Up to 25% of US children are obese, and obesity can be directly correlated with immediate and long-term health consequences. Pediatric obesity can harm multiple body systems and is a public health issue. This article focuses on how obesity affects a child's respiratory system, including pulmonary function, exercise intolerance, gas exchange, and airway musculature.