Asthma and allergy in children increased risk for fast food ?


According to a study published Monday, children and adolescents who consume more than 3 times a week for fast-food food are at increased risk of suffering from severe asthma, allergic rhinitis and eczema.

While fast food is already accused of favoring more health problems, it is a new mischief has unveiled a study published in the journal Thorax, the British Medical Journal (BMJ). Conducted among 319 000 adolescents aged 13 to 14 years and 181,000 children aged 6 to 7 years, it shows that consuming more than 3 times a week for fast-food food, these children would be exposed to risks severe allergies.

Children's Asthma - Ventolin
Children’s Asthma – Ventolin

The international study of asthma and allergies in childhood (ISAAC) began in 1991 and involved in all a hundred countries. It follows from this that fast food is the only type of food associated with increased respiratory symptoms in both groups of children and whatever the country, the social level or gender. Thus, three or more meals of junk food per week would increase the risk of severe asthma by 39% in adolescents and 27% in children aged 6 to 7 years. The risk of having an allergic rhinitis or eczema serious would also increase.

In parallel, the study highlights the protective effect that seems to confer Fruit at least three times a week. The results obtained with such power there is a reduction in the severity of symptoms of 11% in adolescents and 14% in children. However, the researchers state that is not a cause-effect relationship between fast food and the risk of developing asthma, but a statistical association which must be the subject of further work .

“If this association was proved, it would have major significance in terms of public health, while the fast-food consumption continues to increase globally,” as the researchers conclude.

Source: Maxisciences

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