How does obesity affect chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?

Obesity tends to worsen all medical conditions, and this is particularly true with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). With COPD, you have obstructed breathing, with shortness of breath, congestion and cough. Obesity can limit the ability of your lungs to function by weighing them down and further worsening your ability to breathe.

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