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How does body weight affect COPD?

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Being overweight makes it harder to breathe when you have COPD. On the other hand, some people with the condition lose too much weight because they don't feel like eating or because the extra effort of breathing burns more calories. You may use up to 750 calories a day for breathing, while someone without COPD needs only 50. Talk to your doctor about ways to stay at a healthy weight.

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “4 Biggest Myths About Your COPD -- and How to Cope,” “COPD: Exercise and Activity Guidelines,” “COPD: Preventing Infection & Avoiding Irritants.”

Mayo Clinic: “COPD,” “COPD: Protecting against flare-ups,” “Eating Well When You Have COPD,” “COPD.”        

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “COPD.”

International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: “Improved patient outcome with smoking cessation: When is it too late?”

COPD Foundation: “Quitting Smoking.”

American Lung Association: “Physical Activity and COPD.”

Breathe: “COPD and exercise: Does it make a difference?”

American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine: “Effects of Allergic Phenotype on Respiratory Symptoms and Exacerbations in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.”

Journal of Translational Internal Medicine: “Nutrition in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: A review.”

National Jewish Health: “COPD: Nutrition.”

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on July 02, 2019

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “4 Biggest Myths About Your COPD -- and How to Cope,” “COPD: Exercise and Activity Guidelines,” “COPD: Preventing Infection & Avoiding Irritants.”

Mayo Clinic: “COPD,” “COPD: Protecting against flare-ups,” “Eating Well When You Have COPD,” “COPD.”        

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “COPD.”

International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: “Improved patient outcome with smoking cessation: When is it too late?”

COPD Foundation: “Quitting Smoking.”

American Lung Association: “Physical Activity and COPD.”

Breathe: “COPD and exercise: Does it make a difference?”

American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine: “Effects of Allergic Phenotype on Respiratory Symptoms and Exacerbations in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.”

Journal of Translational Internal Medicine: “Nutrition in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: A review.”

National Jewish Health: “COPD: Nutrition.”

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on July 02, 2019

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