Declining human health and increasing economic cost in the U.S. from obesity compel commentary on obesity prevention.
In this investigative environmental health series, the possible contribution of home indoor allergen avoidance to obesity prevention will be reviewed.
Part 1 – Obesity prevalence and medical costs
Part 2 – Obesity prevention
Part 3 – Obesity prevention and allergic asthma
Part 4 – Allergic asthma and home indoor allergen avoidance
Part 5 – Obesity prevention and home indoor allergen avoidance
Part 6 – A forward looking obesity prevention strategy
Obesity prevalence remains horrific. Prevention is a two-step process: diet and exercise.
Yet for many obese adults and children, prevention remains difficult. They have asthma rendering exercise difficult to initiate and sustain. Indeed, estimates are that obese people may suffer up to twice the prevalence of asthma (8-10%) as does the population in general (4-5%).
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There are medical recommendations that for obese people with asthma, the first step towards obesity prevention is to get the asthma under control sufficient that sufficient exercise is an option. And indoor allergen avoidance is a front line medical intervention for asthma, either alone or in combination with drugs or immunotherapy.
It is recommended that the medical community embrace indoor allergen avoidance in an overall strategy for obesity prevention for obese asthmatics.
1. It is adopted by athletic trainer organizations for asthma management.
2. It responds to treatment failures from patient failure to use prescribed therapeutics.
3. It may contribute in instances where asthma medications may be less effective due to obesity.
4. It is effective against airborne allergens, bioaerosols, particulates and volatile organic compounds.
5. It starts in the home, where people breathe over 60% of the air they inhale per day.
Coming in Part 6, a comprehensive synthesis of Parts 1 – 5 to yield a forward looking obesity prevention strategy.
Frank Hagie is the President & CEO of Allergen Safe Homes, a respiratory disease company. The business sells medically effective allergen avoidance products for the home. These are integrated health care services and medical devices for the more medically effective prevention and management of allergic asthma and respiratory allergies.