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1 in 13 U.S. Kids has Food Allergy

A 2011 study finds that 8 percent of American children under the age of 18 have one or more food allergies. That means 5.9 million kids are at risk food-allergic reactions.

That 8 percent finding is considerably higher than previously known. Previous prevalence estimates that have found the range of food allergies as high as 8 percent in children under age 3, but more in the range of 4 percent for older children.

The study, published in the medical journal Pediatrics, finds that teens between the ages of 14 and 17 are most at risk of a severe reaction. It also finds a higher incidence of food allergies in African-American children and those of Asian background. But of concern, children from those two groups were less likely to see an allergist and receive a formal diagnosis than white children.

Key findings:

Read also:

FAI’s full media release [1].
• AL’s Gwen Smith interviews the study author [2].