Can junk food cause asthma?
Asthma and other allergies are steadily increasing in children – could it be down to poor diet?
A major international study has found that young teenagers who eat fast food more than three times a week are 40% more likely to have asthma, and are also more likely to have severe eczema and rhinitis (runny nose and weepy eyes). The asthma risk also increased 27% for children aged six or seven.
Although the study did not establish a causal link, certain fatty acids are associated with asthma. It could also be that children who eat large amounts of fast food eat less healthy fresh food. The study found evidence that fruit and veg have a protective effect so make sure you and your children are eating the minimum 5 a day.
One last note on junk food…a lecturer I used to listen to was fond of saying, “There’s no such thing as junk food. There’s food, and there’s junk”.