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December 17, 2005

The Real Facts on Food Allergy Trends?

Its hard to get your arms around the real child food allergy trends because the press offers so many differing views of the data. In some cases, from the same source!

From The Olympian Online article... It's estimated that 2 million children have some sort of food allergy — 600,000 of them to peanuts, says Anne Munoz-Furlong, founder and CEO of the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN). The nonprofit organization in Virginia works to raise awareness of the seriousness of such allergies.

Peanut allergies alone doubled from 1997 to 2002, she said.

From HelenAir ... In the past five years peanut allergies in children have doubled. The estimated number of Americans with food allergies has increased from 6 million to approximately 11 million, according to the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network.

According to FAAN, peanut allergies kill nearly 100 people a year in the United States and account for about 30,000 emergency room visits.

From an online article on Cincinatti.com, some studies estimate that about 1 percent of the U.S. population, or 3 million people, suffer from peanut allergies. Others place the rate closer to 4 percent of the population - about 12 million people.

One report issued in 2003 from the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology got a lot of media attention this week. It says the number of peanut allergies in children doubled from 1997 to 2002.

Posted by David at December 17, 2005 9:15 AM


Great site that I will reference on a regular basis. We just had our 2 year old daughter allergy tested after suspecting that her eczema was related to food allergies. Come to find out she has several food and environmental allergies. Thanks again for the good resourcess.


Posted by: Ryan at December 19, 2005 9:15 AM