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Long term exposure to air pollutants co-related lead to obesity

Date: 06 September 2021 Tags: Reports & Indices
  • Long-term exposure to high levels of air pollution is strongly co-related to obesity, found a study of over 3,000 schoolchildren from Delhi, Kottayam, and Mysuru.
  • This was a surprise finding by the researchers trying to understand the impact of air pollution on the lung health of children in Delhi.
  • The study found 39.8% of the children in Delhi were obese or overweight as compared to 16.4% in Kottayam and Mysuru (which have better air quality).
  • The researchers found the children, who are obese, or overweight, are at a 79% higher risk of developing asthma across all three cities as compared to their healthy weight counterparts.