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Updated Jan 15, 2013 - 2:59 pm

Study finds link between fast food and asthma

A new study suggests that kids who eat a lot of fast food are more likely to have asthma.

According to Today Health, teens who ate the most fast food were 39 percent more likely to have asthma and younger children who also ate a lot of fast food were 27 percent more likely to have asthma.

"Our results suggest that fast food consumption may be contributing to the increasing prevalence of asthma, rhinoconjunctivitis and eczema in adolescents and children," the researchers, Innes Asher of the University of Auckland in New Zealand and Hywel Williams of the Centre for Evidence Based Dermatology at Britain's University of Nottingham, wrote.

The findings were consistent among all ages, sexes and regions. Researchers noted an increase in asthma cases when fast food became more prevalent in children's diets.

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