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1 in 13 U.S. Kids has Food Allergy
Posted By Gwen Smith On 2011/06/20 @ 11:39 am In Food Allergy | 1 Comment
A new study, funded by the Food Allergy Initiative, 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.
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URLs in this post:
 FAI’s full media release: http://www.faiusa.org/page.aspx?pid=595
 the study author: http://allergicliving.com/index.php/2011/08/21/expert-qa-1-in-13-kids-has-food-allergy/?page=1
 U.S. & Canada: http://allergicliving.com/index.php/2010/08/24/statistics-food-allergy/
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