It is estimated that, around 235 million people worldwide are suffering from asthma. The latest estimates show that the prevalence of asthma in the U.S. has increased to 8.6 percent in 2016, in comparison to 7.6 percent in 2001. In 2014, there was one death from asthma per 100,000 of the U.S. population, with women and children being more prone to the condition.
As the U.S. struggles with weight and obesity problems it is important to recognize the connection between weight and asthma. It has been shown that those who are obese have higher prevalence rates of asthma than those who are of normal weight. Moreover, obese women are twice as likely to have asthma than obese men are and almost twice as likely to have asthma than a woman of normal weight.
Furthermore, asthma is responsible for a large number of hospital visits every year. In 2014, there were about 2,325 outpatient cases for asthma per hospital. The economic burden of asthma can be heavy for all who are affected, and the costs of lost work productivity, medications and hospital visits can be troublesome. It is estimated that in 2014, the average charge per inpatient case for asthma patients amounted to almost 30,000 U.S. dollars.
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