Do you suffer from asthma? A recent study shows that overweight and obese women develop adult onset asthma more than normal weight women. A Berkeley team of scientists started a study in 1995 and tested more than 133,000 women. Women who were obese were more than twice as likely to have adult onset asthma, and extremely obese women were more than three times more likely to have asthma and at risk for more severe attacks. The researchers also found that a large waist circumference (more than 88 cm) was associated with increased asthma prevalence even among women with a normal BMI. The concern is that asthma will grow as a health condition as close to 70% of the U.S. population is either overweight or obese. In addition, abdominal obesity is increasing more quickly and in 2004, 61% of women were abdominally obese. Supplementation of omega-3 fatty acids has been investigated as a complementary treatment for asthma. The reduction of symptoms with omega-3 supplementation has been inconsistent in research, but a low level of omega-3 fatty acids has consistently been found in those with inflammatory diseases such as asthma. A diet deficient in omega-3 fatty acids is likely to worsen symptoms so it is a good idea to be sure your levels are adequate. Yours in good health, Linda Hlivka Clinical Nutritionist