Just in case we needed any more reasons to feel guilty about indulging in a trip to the drive-thru, researchers in Australia have discovered a link between frequent fast food consumption and allergies and eczema in kids:
“Consumption of fast foods three or more times a week was associated with a 39% increased risk of severe asthma and a 70% increased risk of severe eczema among teens, according to Philippa Ellwood, DDN, DPH, of the University of Auckland in New Zealand, and colleagues.
In addition, children who dined on fast foods with the same frequency had significantly increased risk of rhinoconjunctivitis and severe eczema, they wrote online in the journal Thorax.”
With this, we can can all add one more item to the on-going list of “Reasons Why Fast Food Is Lousy For The Human Body”. However, I think the real story here is that you need to be eating fast food three times per week or more to see the effects – moderate consumption is not associated with allergies or asthma. Kids who are eating that much fast food raise a lot of concerns before eczema comes to mind, such as what is going on with their parents that they’re eating so much fast food and why aren’t their diets more balanced. I see fast food consumption that is that frequent as a sociological issue to be addressed. Once we get that under control, a lot of the corespondent health effects should come into line.
An interesting aside is the article says that eating fruit three times per week can apparently mitigate some of the ill effects of severe asthma. So, apparently fruit is a magic bullet against the ill effects of a heavily fast food diet. Perhaps fruit is magic!
Overall, I’d say this study is confirmation of two things we already knew: to much fast food is bad and fruit is good. But if the findings discourage too much fast food consumption, that’s probably a good thing.
Source: Med Page Today
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