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Did your mother ever tell you not to eat too much candy? Did she ever say it was because the candy could give you asthma? Well, she should have. According to an article in The Economist, a new study published in PNAS shows that a typical Western diet — high in fat and sugar content — adversely affects the gut bacteria of children and could lead to asthma, allergies, and other inflammatory diseases.

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