- Children who regularly consume
take-away meals may be at high-risk for heart
disease and diabetes.
- Take-away food is high in calories
and provides children with low amount of essential vitamins and minerals.
- Only 26% of children surveyed said
that they never or rarely ate take-away meals.
consumption of take-away meals may boost a child's risk for heart disease and
diabetes, reports new study published in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood
. The nutrition intake children
receive from take-away is also limited; it is high in calories and low in
essential vitamins and minerals compared to children who consume home-made
The trend of take-aways
In the UK alone,
between 1996 and 2006, the consumption of take aways rose by over a quarter.
There are very few restaurants worldwide today that do not offer take-away facilities. Moreover, with the rise of online application and home
deliveries services, the practice of eating take away food has become more
Health Associated Problems with Take-Aways
has shown that a high take-away diet in adults can cause health and diet
problems including poor diet quality, body fat, and high risk for type 2 diabetes
and heart problems. However, with
the trend seemingly increasing in children, the team wanted to study the
effects of such a food habit in kids.
The study included
1,948 children between the ages 9 and 10 from different ethnic backgrounds.
These children from 85 primary schools in London, Birmingham, and Leicester
were quizzed about their usual diets, the source of the meals
(home/restaurant/fast food) and also on how often they ate take-aways.
provided with photos of common foods to aid them in estimating the quantity and
type of food they eat. From their response nutrient levels were calculated.
‘Frequent and regular consumption of take-away meals increases risk for heart disease and diabetes in children.’
height, weight, waist circumference, skinfold thickness, and body fat
composition were measured. The child's blood pressure and cholesterol levels
were also measured.
As the school was part
of the Child Heart And health Study in England (CHASE), potential prompts for
heart disease and diabetes risk factors in these children was also available.
Consumption of take-away:
- One in four children (26%)
children said they never or rarely ate take-away meals
- Almost half the children (46%)
said they ate a take-away less than once a week
- 28% of the children said they ate
take-away at least once a week.
- Boys were more frequent consumers
of take-aways than girls
- Children from less affluent
backgrounds ate take-aways more often
- Skinfold thickness, body fat
composition, and blood fats found to be higher in regular consumers of
- No differences were observed in
blood pressure or insulin resistance among children who regularly ate
take-aways and those who didn't.
- Regular consumers of take-away had
total cholesterol and LDL
[low density or 'bad'] cholesterol concentrations.
- Consumers of take-aways tended to
have food rich in energy but low in protein and starch.
- Intake of vitamin C, iron, calcium
and folate were also lower in regular take-away consumers.
- Regular Takeaways Linked to Kids' Heart Disease and Diabetes Risk Factors - (https://www.eurekalert.org/emb_releases/2017-12/b-rtl121317.php)