Eating fast food regularly does more to children’s bodies than packing on the pounds — it can also increase their risk of developing asthma and allergies. That’s what a new study, which looked at how food choices impact the risk of developing certain conditions, is saying.
Children who eat fast food at least three times a week, the research found, are more likely to have severe asthma, allergies, eczema and hay fever.
The study looked at data from 500,000 children in over 50 countries. Despite differences in region, gender and affluence, however, the results remained consistent. On average, teenagers saw a 39% increased risk of severe asthma, and children saw a 27% increased risk from regularly eating fast food.
It’s not all bad news, however. The study also found that regular consumption of fruits and vegetables actually reduced the severity of these conditions. Looks like another win for fresh, unprocessed food!