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Does obesity cause sleep apnea?
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Dr. Ofer Jacobowitz
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
8 doctors agree
In brief: Not just weight
Anatomy is king. Obstructive sleep apnea happens in a small airway "box".
The airway can be small if what's in it takes up space or if the box is smaller. Weight gain increases tongue size and the thickness of the side walls of the throat. Tonsils may be large. Small jaw size, often inherited , will increase the risk of osa . Low muscle tone is also a factor.

In brief: Not just weight
Anatomy is king. Obstructive sleep apnea happens in a small airway "box".
The airway can be small if what's in it takes up space or if the box is smaller. Weight gain increases tongue size and the thickness of the side walls of the throat. Tonsils may be large. Small jaw size, often inherited , will increase the risk of osa . Low muscle tone is also a factor.
Dr. Ofer Jacobowitz
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Dr. Robert True
Most sleep apnea can be cured simply by reducing weight to a normal weight.
Dr. Robert Haake
Obesity can be one of a number of "risk factors" for developing obstructive sleep apnea.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Obesity can cause obstructive sleep apnea (osa).
A person with osa may not have enough space in the throat area, so air can't flow easily to the lungs during sleep. An obese person has more fat, including in the neck and throat areas, so there is more flesh to block air flow. An obese person lying down has extra weight in the tummy pushing up at the bottom of the chest, making breathing more work.

In brief: Yes
Obesity can cause obstructive sleep apnea (osa).
A person with osa may not have enough space in the throat area, so air can't flow easily to the lungs during sleep. An obese person has more fat, including in the neck and throat areas, so there is more flesh to block air flow. An obese person lying down has extra weight in the tummy pushing up at the bottom of the chest, making breathing more work.
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Mike Deldar
Dentistry - Cosmetic
In brief: Yes
There is definitely contribute.

In brief: Yes
There is definitely contribute.
Dr. Mike Deldar
Dr. Mike Deldar
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