CDC Reports 18% Rise In Food Allergies Among US Kids

October 22, 2008

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revealed that over the past decade, there has been an 18% increase in the number of kids with food allergies..Boston (ChattahBox) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revealed that over the past decade, there has been an 18% increase in the number of kids with food allergies.

The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics put out the figures, which revealed that overall, 3.8% of boys in the U.S. and 4.1% of girls have a food or digestive allergy.

This comes out to a total of 3 million kids in the U.S. with this type of allergy.

A food or digestive allergy makes kids two to four times more likely to develop asthma or other allergies.

In the year 2007, 29% of kids with a food allergy also had asthma, compared to 12% of kids without a food allergy and asthma.

They also found that 90% of these cases of food allergy were caused by just 8 types of foods including milk, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, shellfish, fish, wheat, and soy.


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