The increase in childhood illness is linked to the industrialised food they eat, according to the authors of a new book. Lisa Salmon finds out more. A number of childhood illnesses are on the rise in the UK. Why? According to a paediatrician and a university medical anthropology professor who’ve co-written a new book What’s Making Our Children Sick?, the “epidemic” increase in chronic, hard-to-diagnose childhood health problems – ranging from allergies and asthma to autism and ADHD – can be attributed to “the cumulative outcome of being born into and living in an environment that has been made toxic by agrochemical industrialised food production”. The authors, Dr Michelle Perro and Professor Vincanne Adams, claim that unless children are eating 100% organic food or home-grown vegetables, they are eating “toxic ingredients” like pesticides, hormones and antibiotics that are harmful to their health. What illnesses could be linked to food? A broad spectrum of childhood illnesses can be tied to exposure to food and environment, say Perro and Adams. The illnesses include basic digestive disorders from reflux and constipation to colitis, immune disorders such as allergies and asthma, and neurocognitive disorders such as autism, ADHD and various mood disorders. Obesity, diabetes… Read full this story
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