BRITAIN — Researchers in Britain say kids who regularly eat fast-food could be on the fast-track to getting heart disease and diabetes when they’re older.
As families get busier, more parents are opting for take-out or home deliveries.
But new research published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood finds children who “frequently” eat fast food could be at risk higher for heart disease and diabetes as they get older.
“We found that children that reported eating takeaway meals regularly had higher fat, higher cholesterol and higher LDL cholesterol, as well as poorer diets, generally,” study author Angie Donin said. Researchers also found – children may be missing out on vitamins and minerals.
The study included two-thousand ethnically-diverse children from mostly lower-income areas.
Nearly a third of kids, ages 9 and 10 reported having fast food at least once-a-week.
That number jumped to 50 percent with teenagers.