Junk food linked to kids’ asthma and eczema

Eating junk food three times a week may lead to asthma and eczema in kids, a study has revealed.

Scientists fear the high saturated fat levels lower children’s immune systems.

A research project involving more than 50 countries found that teenagers who ate food such as burgers three times a week or more were 39 percent more likely to get severe asthma. Younger kids were 27 percent more at risk.

Both were also more prone to the eye condition rhinoconjunctivitis. However, three weekly portions of fruit and vegetables cut the risk by 14 percent in the younger group and 11 percent among the teens.

Researchers from New Zealand’s Auckland University looked at the diets of 181,000 children aged 6 to 7 and 319,000 aged 13 to 14.

The study also asked if they had allergy symptoms. The study authors said their results do not prove cause and effect.

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