Fast food 'can trigger certain conditions' in children

15 January 2013

Researchers have found that children who eat fast food three times a week may be increasing the risk of developing asthma, rhinitis and eczema.

In a joint study between the University of Auckland in New Zealand and the University of Nottingham in the UK, it was discovered that children exposed to poor diets were more likely of develop these conditions.

The team examined data from more than 500,000 children across 50 countries and concluded that children aged between six and seven were most at risk of developing asthma, rhinitis and eczema if they didn't eat well.

"If the associations between fast foods and the symptom prevalence of asthma, rhinoconjunctivitis and eczema is causal, then the findings have major public health significance owing to the rising consumption of fast foods globally," commented professor Innes Asher and professor Hywel Williams.

Rhinitis is an inflammation that occurs inside the nose, resulting in cold-like symptoms. This occurs when a person is exposed to an allergen.

Asthma is a condition that affects people's airways, and like rhinitis, occurs when something irritates a person's airways.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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