Six Million American Kids Have Food Allergies

US Navy 110327-N-MU720-031 Volunteers erve food to children at the Biko-en Children's Care HouseMost parents I know agree that when they were kids, hardly anyone had food allergies. Now the kid who brings a PB&J sandwich to school might as well have sneaked in a dirty nuke. This report from Medpage Today confirms the explosion in food allergies, but doesn’t answer the obvious question: Why?

Food allergy in children is more common than previously thought, and often is associated with severe symptoms and multiple foods, a new survey found.

The prevalence of food allergy in children and adolescents younger than 18 was 8% (95% CI 7.6 to 8.3), according to Ruchi S. Gupta, MD, of Northwestern University in Chicago, and colleagues.

That percentage translates into almost six million children in the U.S., the researchers noted.

And among these allergic children, 38.7% had a history of severe reactions and 30.4% were allergic to more than one type of food, they reported online in Pediatrics.

Previous studies have suggested that the prevalence of food allergy among U.S. children ranged from 1% to 8%, with an analysis of data from the 2005 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey finding a prevalence of 4.2% in children ages 1- to 5-years-old.

These earlier estimates were imprecise, and also provided no information on the severity of the allergies, so Gupta’s group conducted a cross-sectional survey using a representative sample of households with children.

The sample included 38,480 children, evenly divided between the sexes, with a mean age of 8.5 years…

[continues at Medpage Today]

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  • jackedu317

    when people become allergic to their food, extinction isn’t far behind…

  • jackedu317

    when people become allergic to their food, extinction isn’t far behind…

    • SF2K01

      It’s really just less than 10%, a much less impressive figure than 6 million.

      Regardless, chances are these people, historically speaking, would have just died of unknown allergies, so in a big way we’re actually better off.

      • jackedu317

        how do you know that these so called “allergic reactions” aren’t from GM foods, herbicides, pesticides, growth hormones, antibiotics, aspartame, aluminum, barium, nuclear waste, factory sludge, fluoride, petroleum,  or any other shit we put in our food today? and saying we’re “better off” without people simply because they have an allergy is quite Hitler-esque… congrats! the corruption of our culture is nearly complete…

        • jackedu317

          i forgot to mention radioactive particles…yummy…

        • SF2K01

          Allergies have existed before the modern period, but like I said, you used to just die if it was severe enough. Even aside from that, if it takes all the factors you mentioned to give less than 10% of kids some kind of allergy, and only 4% of children are severely allergic to anything, that’s a pretty weak effect and we’re doing pretty well.

          IMO most kids are allergic in the first place because they’re so overprotected from dirt and disease the body has to invent new threats.

          And I said we’re better off since these days people don’t have to die simply because they have allergies, not better off if those people die. Good job misinterpreting what was a pretty obvious statement.

        • Mr. Coffee

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  • Anonymous

    It’s really just less than 10%, a much less impressive figure than 6 million.

    Regardless, chances are these people, historically speaking, would have just died of unknown allergies, so in a big way we’re actually better off.

  • Anonymous

    It’s really just less than 10%, a much less impressive figure than 6 million.

    Regardless, chances are these people, historically speaking, would have just died of unknown allergies, so in a big way we’re actually better off.

  • jackedu317

    how do you know that these so called “allergic reactions” aren’t from GM foods, herbicides, pesticides, growth hormones, antibiotics, aspartame, aluminum, barium, nuclear waste, factory sludge, fluoride, petroleum,  or any other shit we put in our food today? and saying we’re “better off” without people simply because they have an allergy is quite Hitler-esque… congrats! the corruption of our culture is nearly complete…

  • jackedu317

    i forgot to mention radioactive particles…yummy…

  • Anonymous

    Allergies have existed before the modern period, but like I said, you used to just die if it was severe enough. Even aside from that, if it takes all the factors you mentioned to give less than 10% of kids some kind of allergy, and only 4% of children are severely allergic to anything, that’s a pretty weak effect and we’re doing pretty well.

    IMO most kids are allergic in the first place because they’re so overprotected from dirt and disease the body has to invent new threats.And I said we’re better off meaning these days people don’t have to die simply because they have allergies. Good job misinterpreting what was pretty obvious.

  • Mr. Coffee

    ALIEN FUCKING SPACE LIZARDS

    GET A BRAIN MORAN

  • Mr. Coffee

    ALIEN FUCKING SPACE LIZARDS

    GET A BRAIN MORAN

  • Mr. Coffee

    ALIEN FUCKING SPACE LIZARDS

    GET A BRAIN MORAN