Fast Food Affects Kids’ Immune System

A recent European study of nearly a half a million children in 50 countries has concluded that fast food consumed by children three or more times a week impairs immune function, increasing the risk of asthma and eczema.

The high fat and high sodium content of fast-foods has already been associated with health concerns such as obesity and conditions related to it, but now researchers found that a diet heavy in fast-food could be inked to a nearly 40 percent increase in severe asthma in older children aged 13 to 14, and a 27 percent increase in asthma rates in younger children aged 6 to 7.

This study supports earlier research that has shown saturated fats can negatively affect the immune system.

Source:  Globe & Mail, January 16, 2013

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