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Why do fat people have a higher tendency to suffer sleep apnea?
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
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In brief: Extra fat & flesh
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: Extra fat & flesh
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. Ofer Jacobowitz
yes, actually the tongue gets larger and the walls of the throat are thicker with obesity
Dr. Ravi Chand
Psychiatry
In brief: Sleep Apnea
Obesity causes increase in the parapharyngeal soft tissue and narrow air space causing increased obstruction to airflow increasing the risk for apnea.

In brief: Sleep Apnea
Obesity causes increase in the parapharyngeal soft tissue and narrow air space causing increased obstruction to airflow increasing the risk for apnea.
Dr. Ravi Chand
Dr. Ravi Chand
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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
In brief: Neck
Overweight patients tend to have more soft tissue around their neck and inthe back of their throat.
Both neck size and the narrowness of a patients airway are risks for sleep apnea.

In brief: Neck
Overweight patients tend to have more soft tissue around their neck and inthe back of their throat.
Both neck size and the narrowness of a patients airway are risks for sleep apnea.
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Dr. Aaron Milstone
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