A lot of hamburgers, pizza, fried chicken and other American-style fast foods dramatically increased the likelihood of death from heart disease among Southeast Asians.

New research among Chinese-Singaporeans found that those who ate fast food twice a week were 56 percent more likely to die of heart disease and also 27 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Those who ate fast food four times or more each week were 80 percent more likely to die from heart disease.

Eating fast food loaded with calories, sodium and cholesterol typically meant people were eating fewer vegetables, dairy products, carbohydrates and dietary fiber, the researchers said.

They say the results of this study suggest the need for better awareness of the dietary changes that occur when cultures interact.


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Andrew Odegaard, Ph.D., M.P.H., study lead author and Research Associate in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health in Minneapolis.

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