Indoor Swimming Pools
Linked to Childhood Asthma - European Study Shows Increased Rate of
Wheezing In Children From Western Countries
July 17th 2006
European researchers believe that there may be a relation between indoor
swimming pools and childhood asthma. The researchers compared countries
in Europe with the number indoor swimming pools. They found that
countries with more indoor swimming pools had 2 to 3 percent increased
number of asthma cases.
The research involved almost 190,000 young teenagers (13 and 14 year
olds) from 21 countries across Europe. The number of indoor swimming
pools varied by a factor of 20 between Eastern and Western Europe.
There was one indoor pool for every 50,000 inhabitants in Western Europe
and one for every 300,000 inhabitants in Eastern Europe.
The researchers took into account other factors including the gross
domestic product (GDP) of a country, climate, and altitude. The
prevalence of asthma and wheeze was strongly associated with the number
of indoor pools per 100,000 inhabitants.