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Takeout Meals Linked to Health Concerns for Children

2018-09-04 19:34
A new study has found a direct link between eating takeout meals often and higher fat intake by children. The study looked at data on 1,948 children who were either nine- or 10-year-olds. Eating takeout meals more than once a week was associated with higher intakes of fat energy. It was also linked to more saturated fat and lower intake of protein and micronutrients. Children who consumed high amounts of takeout food also had higher levels of LDL cholesterol. The study authors said eating a lot of takeout has “adverse longer-term consequences.” The consequences include obesity and coronary heart disease risk, they wrote. There should be efforts to reduce takeout meal consumption in children, they added.