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Fast food consumption and allergy in children aged 5-12 years in Australia: Findings from the Mothers and their Children’s Health (MatCH) study

Synopsis

Asthma and allergic diseases are an emerging health issue among Australian children. Currently, there is no cure for such atopic conditions, and the evidence around risk and protective factors is still limited. The Westernisation of lifestyle is likely to be favouring the rise of allergies and this includes changes in diet, particularly an increasing consumption of fast foods. This study aims to build on the evidence of the association between fast food intake and the outcomes of asthma and allergies in a representative sample of Australian children, who participated in the Mothers and their Children’s Health (MatCH) study.