While the potential link between eating fast food three or more times a week and obesity is acknowledged, the impact it can have on our immune system is lesser known. A study published in the journal ‘Thorax’, identifies a link between regular fast food consumption and an increased risk of asthma, eczema and rhinitis among children and teenagers. Participants in the study (319,000 teens aged between 13 -14 and 181,000 children aged between 7 and 8) answered questions, together with their parents, about their health condition and diet. Those who ate fast food three or more times a week were linked to a 39% increase in severe asthma in teens and a 27% increased risk in children. The benefit of eating fruit to protect against these disorders among all age groups also emerged from the study.
Immune system hit by fast food consumption
How fast food is impacting our children.
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