Atopic dermatitis, a disease that affects the skin, and characterized by excessive sensitivity of the immune system to exposure to certain allergens, has increased its prevalence in recent decades. It is a more frequent pathology in children, which is usually less severe in adults.

A recent study in which numerous international entities and universities have participated, and which has been published by researchers at the University of Murcia, has found an association between childhood obesity and atopic dermatitis and, although it has not been possible to demonstrate that there is a cause and effect relationship between both conditions, the authors of the work consider that obesity in children is a risk factor for developing atopic dermatitis, and that is independent of the amount of physical exercise they practice.

Obesity in children is a risk factor for developing atopic dermatitis, regardless of the amount of physical exercise they practice

The results of the study also show that, contrary to what happens with obesity, there is a negative association between atopic dermatitis and the consumption of dairy products and nuts and the practice of exercise.

The researchers believe that more studies should be conducted to confirm the data obtained, and also help determine how the various factors analyzed interact and what are the cause and effect relationships that are established between them.

Eczema, Immunity and the Skin Microbiome - Heidi Kong (November 2019).