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Consumption Of Salty Snacks Puts Children At Higher Asthma Risk

January 27, 2011: 11:26 AM EST

A study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association reveals that children who consume salty snacks at least three times a week are 4.8 times more at risk of having asthma symptoms than children who never or rarely do so. This association is more pronounced in children who watch television or play video games for at least 2 hours per day. Researchers hope the study, which covered 700 children in Athens, ages 10 to 12 years, will encourage public-health officials to focus future interventions and messages on modifying these behaviors as early as possible.

Fotini Arvaniti, MSc, RD, Kostas N. Priftis, MD, PhD, Anastasios Papadimitriou, MD, PhD, Panayiotis Yiallouros, MD, Maria Kapsokefalou, PhD, Michael B. Anthracopoulos, MD, PhD, Demosthenes B. Panagiotakos, PhD, "Salty-Snack Eating, Television or Video-Game Viewing, and Asthma Symptoms among 10- to 12-Year-Old Children: The PANACEA Study", Journal of the American Dietetic Association, January 27, 2011, © Journal of the American Dietetic Association
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