“Fast food linked to childhood asthma and eczema”

The BBC reports that a study, “From more than 500,000 children in more than 50 countries suggests poor diet may be to blame for rising levels of these allergy-related conditions.  Here are the results:

In the study, children in their early teens who ate three or more weekly servings of fast food had a 39% increased risk of severe asthma.

Six- and seven-year-olds had a 27% increased risk.

Eating three or more portions of fruit a week cut the risk of severe asthma, eczema and rhinoconjunctivitis by between 11% and 14%.

Authors of this study establish a definite link between fast-food consumption and asthma.  The BBC writes:

“The study authors, Prof Innes Asher, from the University of Auckland in New Zealand, and Prof Hywel Williams, from the University of Nottingham in the UK, said: “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.”

To me, the link between eating fruit and having good health is a given.  Malayka Rahman of Asthma UK is quoted in the report as saying:

“Evidence suggests that the vitamins and antioxidants found in fresh fruit and vegetables have a beneficial effect on asthma therefore Asthma UK advises people with asthma to eat a healthy, balanced diet including five portions of fruit or vegetables every day, fish more than twice a week, and pulses more than once a week.”

I’m not a big fan of eating fish and am unsure what “pulses” are, but bring on the fruits and vegetables.

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