Nursing: Obesity and Asthma

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About the Course

Asthma and obesity, together and separately, are public health conditions with increasing prevalence. Their exact relationship, however, is not clear.  Numerous studies have linked these two disorders, specifically showing that obesity is a risk factor for asthma. Studies also show that as the weight or obesity of the person increases, so does the severity of their asthma and that children with asthma are more likely to become obese. This course provides an overview of how research demonstrates that the higher an individual’s body mass index (BMI), the higher the risk for developing asthma. Regardless, asthma associated with obesity often is more difficult to control and less likely to respond to traditional asthma therapy.

Learning Outcomes: 
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Describe the prevalence of obesity and asthma.
  • Discuss the physiologic interaction of obesity and asthma.
  • Discuss the effects of childhood obesity on asthma.
  • Describe the relationship among obesity, asthma, and physical activity.
  • Describe evidence-based recommendations for related education.

About the Author:
Judith Quaranta, PhD, RN, CPN, AE-C, FNAP

Judith Quaranta, PhD, RN, CPN, AE-C, FNAP, is an Assistant Professor at the Decker of School of Nursing, Binghamton University. She received her PhD from the Decker School of Nursing, with her dissertation focusing on asthma management of school nurses. Dr. Quaranta’s research focus is on barriers and facilitators for asthma management. As a Train the Trainer for the American Lung Association’s Open Airways for Schools curriculum, she has worked collaboratively with the Broome County Health Department, the Asthma Coalition of the Southern Tier, United Health Services Hospital, and the local American Lung Association to implement this program in local schools. She has presented at multiple national conferences on the topic of asthma and self-management. Dr. Quaranta has also authored manuscripts for numerous journals, including the Journal of School Nursing, Journal of Asthma and Allergy Educators, Online Journal of Rural Nursing, Journal of Family Social Work, Journal of Interprofessional Care and authored chapters in textbooks on research and community and public health.

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