Hay fever linked to fast food!
A large international study in the medical journal Thorax, in April 2013 suggests kids who eat fast food 3 or more times a week are likely to have more severe allergic reactions. These allergic reactions include attacks of asthma, eczema (atopic dermatitis) and allergic rhinitis (hay fever). Although this study doesn’t prove “burgers and fries” cause these problems, the evidence of an association is compelling.
This was a large study with over 181,000 children 6-7 years old from 31 countries and over 319,000 teens aged 13-14 years old from 51 different countries. Parents and their children were asked about whether they had asthma, eczema or runny or blocked nose along with itchy/watery eyes. Participants described in detail what they ate during the week.
Consuming 3 or more weekly fast food meals was associated with a 39% increased risk of severe asthma among teens and a 27% increase in young children. There was also a higher risk of rhinitis and eczema. The findings were consistent for both boys and girls regardless of family income.
This information (if true) suggests eating fast food potentially explains the increase in allergic diseases and asthma. Also, it’s possible that food might not be causing these problems but rather other factors linked to behavior that was not measured or bias in the study.
Conversely, this association between fast foods and severe allergies does not necessarily mean that eating less fast food will reduce the severity of asthma, eczema or hay fever.
Eating fast food is convenient, but not healthy for many reasons. Fast foods are notorious for being high in salt, fat (saturated and trans-) and refined and processed carbohydrates. Fast foods are low in vitamins, minerals, healthy unsaturated fats and fiber.
To read this medical article, go to: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23319429
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This educational information does not take the place of your physician’s advice.