Fast food eaters beware of increased risk of dying from coronary heart disease
This latest study adds to the mounting evidence that fast food is just dangerous for your health. These dangers do not just apply to the fast food junkie. Consuming fast food just once weekly increases the risk of dying from coronary heart disease by twenty percent.View slideshow: Fast food health dangers
In a collaborative study researchers from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and National University of Singapore reveal evidence that if your diet mostly consists of fast food you face an increased risk for coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Researchers analyzed findings from a sixteen year study which started in 1993, looking at the eating habits of 52,000 Chinese residents of Singapore, age range 45 to 74 years, who had experienced a recent and sudden transition from transitional foods to Western-style fast food.
The findings revealed that those who had consumed fast food two or three times a week were twice as likely to die from coronary heart disease (CHD) in comparison to those who avoided fast food.
Among the participants that had consumed fast food four or five times a week, revealed an 80% greater risk of dying from CHD, while those who dined on fast food just once a week had a 20% higher risk for death.
The negative health risks did not stop there as the study also revealed those who consumed fast food two or more times weekly had shown a 27% risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
Dr. Andrew Odegard, PhD, MPH, post-doctoral researcher University of Minnesota and lead author for this study commented "We wanted to examine the association of Western-style fast food with cardio-metabolic risk in a Chinese population in Southeast Asia that has become a hotbed for diabetes and heart disease," as reported in the press release.
He adds "What's interesting about the results is that study participants who reported eating fast food most frequently were younger, better educated, smoked less and were more likely to be physically active.” "This profile is normally associated with lower cardio-metabolic risk."
Dr. Mark Pereira, PhD, MPH, associate professor of Epidemiology and Community Health at the School of Public Health and senior researcher said that this new evidence, "The big picture is that this [fast food] aspect of globalization and exportation of U.S. and Western culture might not be the best thing to spread to cultures around the world." "Global public health efforts should focus on maintaining the positive aspects of traditional cultures, while preventing the spread of outside influences thought to be harmful based on the scientific evidence."
An abstract of this study can be viewed online in the journal Circulation.