Environmental perturbations: Obesity.

  title={Environmental perturbations: Obesity.},
  author={Stephanie A. Shore},
  journal={Comprehensive Physiology},
  volume={1 1},
Obesity currently affects about one-third of the U.S. population, while another one-third is overweight. The importance of obesity for certain conditions such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes is well appreciated. The effects of obesity on the respiratory system have received less attention and are the subject of this article. Obesity alters the static mechanical properties of the respiratory system leading to a reduction in the functional residual capacity (FRC) and the expiratory reserve… CONTINUE READING