Optimizing respiratory function assessments to elucidate the impact of obesity on respiratory health.

@article{Brazzale2015OptimizingRF,
  title={Optimizing respiratory function assessments to elucidate the impact of obesity on respiratory health.},
  author={Danny J Brazzale and Jeffrey J. Pretto and Linda M. Schachter},
  journal={Respirology},
  year={2015},
  volume={20 5},
  pages={715-21}
}
There is an increasing prevalence of obesity worldwide and its impact on respiratory health is of significant concern. Obesity affects the respiratory system by several mechanisms, including by direct mechanical changes due to fat deposition in the chest wall, abdomen and upper airway, as well as via systemic inflammation. The increased mechanical load in obese individuals leads to reduced chest wall and lung compliance and increased work of breathing. While there is generally minimal effect on… CONTINUE READING

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