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Obesity & The Lungs

Obesity affects the lungs and its air passages as much it affects the heart.
Obese people tend to develop thick tissues in the neck and throat areas, thus leading to sagging throats and necks which keep the air from properly reaching their lungs. This could lead to apnea or temporary breathing interruptions. If not treated properly, the possibility of sudden death during sleep is not excluded.

In children, obesity could hinder the lung's growth which brings to a reduction in the child's pulmonary functions further resulting into the development of pathological processes, such as bronchial asthma and other respiratory disorders.

Obese people are more inclined to develop bronchial asthma as a result of localized action of excess body fats on the lungs as well as generalized action on the neuro-humoral and metabolic systems of the human body. Therefore, weight reduction by fat loss as well as normalization and rebalancing of the neuro-hormonal and metabolic systems is the only way to decrease the intensity of the respiratory disease to a minimum or even to eliminate it completetly.

Basically, obesity affects both the heart and the lungs at the same time.

Obese people have a large abdomen which makes them short of breath as it restricts the lungs from having enough room in the abdomen to fill with air whilst breathing in.

Therefore, mechanical and physiological aspects of cardiac function and breathing are inter-related and should be freed from the harmful effects of excess fat deposits which occur in conditions of obesity.