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Study Links Asthma to Fast Food

Study finds links between fast food diet, asthma, eczema and hay fever.

Obesity isn't the only potential toll that dinner from the drive-through may have on a person's health.

According to a new study, kids who eat lots of fast food have an increased risk of the most common chronic illness in children.

It's the kind of food we grab because it's quick and frankly, kids ask for it.

The new study of more than 500,000 kids in more than 50 countries links fast food to severe asthma, hay fever and eczema.

"Asthma, eczema and hay fever are all results of the body's immune system over reacting to things it should ignore," said Dr. John Sweet, an allergist and immunologist with Fairview Lakes Medical Center.

Published in the journal Thorax, the study said kids who eat fast food three times or more a week had approximately 30 percent increased risk in disease severity.

"It is an enormous survey," Sweet said. "It is quite impressive and consistent with other surveys that have been done in the past several years."

He said it was interesting that the same effects are showing up in different countries.

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