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How childhood body composition determines lung health in adults

A new study now finds that lung health in adolescents is determined by the amount of fat mass they had as children.This Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) research has been published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.The study reports that boys and girls with more muscle mass in childhood and adolescence have higher lung function. The researchers also found that boys, but not girls, with more fat mass have lower lung function.Previous studies had looked at the association between overall body mass and lung function, but they found contradictory results. Some studies related higher body mass with higher lung function while others found higher body mass related to lower lung function, said Judith Garcia-Aymerich, senior study author. We hypothesised that previous contradictory results could be attributed to the fact that overall body mass does not account for the different contribution of fat and muscle mass, she added.Specifically, the ..

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