Too Much Fast Food May Heighten the Severity of Kids’ Allergic Reactions

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An international group of researchers have shown that there is an association between eating too much fast food and the symptom prevalence of asthma, hay fever and eczema. They have not proved that these foods cause allergic reactions, but they have demonstrated that eating them three or more times each week will increase the number of allergy symptoms.

The research, which is part of Phase Three of the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood, was conducted by administering written questionnaires to 13 and 14 year olds. These surveys asked about the number of symptoms of hay fever, asthma and eczema and the types and frequency of food intake over the past 12 months. Parents/guardians of 6 and 7-year-old children were also asked to complete the questionnaire.

Here’s what the researchers observed:

  • For adolescents who ate three or more servings of fruit each week, there was an 11 percent decrease in the incidence and severity of hay fever episodes.
  • For children who ate three or more servings of fruit each week, there was a 14 percent decrease in the  incidence and severity of  all three conditions.
  • For adolescents who ate three or more servings of fast food each week, there was a 39 percent increase in the risk of severe asthma, hay fever and eczema episodes.
  • For children who ate three or more servings of fast food each week, there was a 27 percent increase in the risk of severe asthma, hay fever and eczema episodes.
  • These findings were consistent regardless of gender or level of affluence of the participant.

 

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~ by chasm63 on January 16, 2013.

One Response to “Too Much Fast Food May Heighten the Severity of Kids’ Allergic Reactions”

  1. I’m pretty sure the Ingredient Labels of fast food don’t include everything that goes into the food. These extra non-food “chemicals” most likely irritate the body and exacerbate the most minute of symptoms.

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