Association between body mass index and asthma symptoms among Korean children: A nation-wide study

Mina Suh, Ho Hyun Kim, Dong Phil Choi, Kyung Won Kim, Myung Hyun Sohn, Kyoung Hwa Ha, Won Ju Hwang, Changsoo Kim, Kyu Earn Kim, Dong Chun Shin

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

5 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the association between body mass index (BMI) and the prevalence of wheeze using nation-wide cross-sectional study in Korean children. Total 50,200 children from 427 elementary schools were randomly selected according to residential areas (metropolitan, provincial, rural, and industrial areas) by the cluster sampling method. The International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC) questionnaires were used to measure the prevalence of wheeze. Among 31,026 respondents, 25,322 were analyzed. BMI was classified into quartiles based on BMI-forage percentile. In all residential areas, pets at home and visible mold or moisture were associated with an increased prevalence of wheeze in both genders. However, other living environment factors were not consistently associated among residential areas and gender. Among girls, lowest BMI was negatively associated with prevalence of wheeze and highest BMI was positively associated in all residential areas. In multilevel logistic regression analysis, environmental tobacco smoking exposure, pets at home, visible mold or moisture, and being in the lowest and highest BMI quartile were significantly associated with the prevalence of wheeze in both genders. BMI has become an important risk factor for asthma symptoms among Korean children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1541-1547
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Korean medical science
Volume26
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Dec

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Association between body mass index and asthma symptoms among Korean children: A nation-wide study'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this

    Suh, M., Kim, H. H., Choi, D. P., Kim, K. W., Sohn, M. H., Ha, K. H., Hwang, W. J., Kim, C., Kim, K. E., & Shin, D. C. (2011). Association between body mass index and asthma symptoms among Korean children: A nation-wide study. Journal of Korean medical science, 26(12), 1541-1547. https://doi.org/10.3346/jkms.2011.26.12.1541