The independent association of overweight and obesity with breathlessness in adults: a cross-sectional, population-based study

David C, Currow, Eleonora Dal Grande, Calvin Sidhu, Magnus Ekstrom, Miriam J. Johnson

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Obesity and overweight are significant health problems worldwide, with a rapidly rising prevalence . Obesity and overweight have serious consequences, including higher rates of metabolic syndrome, diabetes, cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, joint disorders and sleep problems.

Breathlessness is common in the general adult population, with one study showing that nearly one in 10 had experienced breathlessness sufficient to limit exertion for at least 3 months out of the previous 6 months . Factors contributing to the subjective sensation of breathlessness include respiratory, cardiovascular and neuromuscular disorders. The most frequently attributed underlying aetiology is respiratory disease secondary to smoking...
Original languageEnglish
Article number1700558
Pages (from-to)50
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Respiratory Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Breathlessness
  • Physical health
  • Obesity

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