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Fast Food Linked to Scary Childhood Diseases

Fast Food Linked to Scary Childhood Diseases


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!

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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8:24AM PST on Feb 6, 2013


9:46AM PST on Feb 4, 2013

I don't eat a fast food "slowly food" is good for me:)))

1:51PM PST on Feb 2, 2013

There was no fast food when I was a child and there were few, if any, kids with allergies.

5:44PM PST on Jan 28, 2013

Not surprised.

6:09AM PST on Jan 28, 2013

really scary

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12:41PM PST on Jan 21, 2013

Thx for the info

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