Study finds that high fast food consumption by children increases risk of asthma

By WEEK Reporter
By NBC News

Study finds that high fast food consumption by children increases risk of asthma

January 14, 2013 Updated Jan 14, 2013 at 4:38 PM CDT

GREAT BRITAIN -- NBC News is reporting that a new study published on Monday shows that kids that eat fast food may be more susceptible to asthma and allergies.

The study looked at 400,000 children from 51 countries.  The study found that teens that ate the most fast food were 39 percent more likely to have severe asthma.  Younger children who ate a lot of fast food were 27 percent more likely to have severe asthma.

By contrast, children that are the most fruit lowered their risk of asthma.  Kids who only ate three or more servings of fruit a week were 11 to 14 percent less likely to have severe asthma symptoms.

Researchers say that if cause and effect are proved, they said, “then the findings have major public health significance owing to the rising consumption of fast foods globally.”

The findings were consistent in rich and poor countries, among both genders and in many different societies across the globe.

The rest of NBC News' report can be read HERE.

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