Big breathing: the complex interaction of obesity, hypoventilation, weight loss, and respiratory function.

@article{Piper2010BigBT,
  title={Big breathing: the complex interaction of obesity, hypoventilation, weight loss, and respiratory function.},
  author={Amanda J Piper and Ronald R Grunstein},
  journal={Journal of applied physiology},
  year={2010},
  volume={108 1},
  pages={199-205}
}
Obesity places a significant load on the respiratory system, affecting lung volumes, respiratory muscle function, work of breathing, and ventilatory control. Despite this, most morbidly obese individuals maintain eucapnia. However, a subgroup of morbidly obese individuals will develop chronic daytime hypercapnia, described as the obesity hypoventilation syndrome (OHS). While obesity is obviously a crucial component of this syndrome, the relationship between excess fat accumulation and the… CONTINUE READING
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