Obesity, Large Waist Size Risk Factors for COPD

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Obesity, especially excessive belly fat, is a risk factor for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Excessive belly fat and low physical activity are linked to progression of the disease in people with COPD, but it is not known whether these modifiable factors are linked to new cases.

Gundula Behrens, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, University of Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany, and colleagues looked at the relationship of waist and hip circumference, ...

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