Heart disease and diabetes increased through fast foods
Most people just do not realise how much of their disease is simply caused by the crap on their plates.
“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. What we found was a dramatic public health impact by fast food, a product that is primarily a Western import into a completely new market. 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 Andrew Odegaard, Ph.D., M.P.H., University of Minnesota post-doctoral researcher.
“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”
Dr Mark Pereira, Ph.D., M.P.H., senior researcher of the School of Public Health’s Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, November 2013.
The researchers studied 52,000 Chinese residents of Singapore who have “experienced a recent and sudden transition from traditional foods to Western-style fast food” found the following:
- A diet heavy in fast food increases the risk of developing Type II diabetes
- A diet heavy in fast food increases the risk of developing coronary heart disease
- Those who consume fast food once a week increase their risk of dying from coronary heart disease by 20% in comparison to people who avoid fast food
- Those who consume fast food two or more times a week increase their risk of developing Type II diabetes by 27%
- Those who consume fast food twice weekly increase their risk of dying from coronary heart disease by 50%
- Those who consume fast food four or more time a week increase their risk of dying from coronary heart disease by 80%
Study by University of Minnesota School of Public Health and National University of Singapore researchers, as published in the November 2013 issue of the American Heart Association journal Circulation. These doctors and health researchers looked at 16 years of eating habits of 52,000 Chinese residents of Singapore who have experienced a recent and sudden transition from traditional foods to Western-style fast food. As reported by healthesolutions.com on November 13, 2013.