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Fast food consumption and its associations with obesity and hypertension among children: results from the baseline data of the Childhood Obesity Study in China Mega-cities

Fondness for fast foods may promote the occurrence of obesity and hypertension in children and adolescents.

This study examined the link between the frequency of consumption of fast foods and the prevalence of hypertension and obesity in children and adolescents. With the aid of validated food frequency questionnaires, researchers assessed the dietary data of 1,626 Chinese students within the age bracket of 7-16 years. The height, weight, waist circumference, and blood pressure of all the participants were measured regularly.

Researchers found out that fast food lovers had a high tendency to become obese and hypertensive compared to their counterparts who avoided from these foods. The data from this study showed that fast foods may be a major contributor to the rising incidence of obesity and hypertension in children and adolescents.

Research Summary Information

  • 2017
  • Yaling Zhao, Liang Wang, Hong Xue, Huijun Wang, Youfa Wang
  • Global Health Institute; Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Xi'an Jiaotong University Health Science Center, Xi'an, Shaanxi, 710061, China.Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, College of Public Health, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN, 37614, USA. Department of Health Behavior and Policy, School of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, 23284, USA. National Institute for Nutrition and Health, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing, 100050, China. Global Health Institute; Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Xi'an Jiaotong University Health Science Center, Xi'an, Shaanxi, 710061, China. youfawang@gmail.com.
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