On Our Radar: I'm Lovin It?

A recent article in The Medical Daily describes the fast-food health epidemic currently going on in Singapore: 

Even relatively clean-living Singaporeans who regularly eat burgers, fries and other staples of U.S.-style fast food are at raised risk of diabetes and significantly more likely than peers to die of heart disease, according to a new study.

With globalization, fast food - widely regarded as nutritionally poor - has become commonplace in East and Southeast Asia. But there’s been little research into the effects of western junk food on the health of non-western populations, especially those transitioning to more-prosperous lifestyles.

Odegaard’s team found that eastern fast foods, or dimsum, such as noodles and dumplings, were not associated with more cases of type 2 diabetes and cardiac deaths.

“It wasn’t their own snacks that was putting them at increased risk, but American-style fast food,” he said.

The Singaporeans who ate western fast food often were more likely to be younger, educated and physically active, and were less likely to smoke, than those who stuck to a more traditional diet.

That profile differs markedly from the average frequent fast-food consumer in the West, Odegaard noted.

In countries like Singapore, these patrons “are likely doing it to participate in American culture, and it is a status symbol, rather than here, where it is generally out of convenience and cost,” he explained.

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