Seem like food allergies are on the rise? They are.
May 2nd, 2013
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Food and skin allergies are becoming more common in American children, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Both have been steadily increasing for more than a decade.

Food allergy prevalence increased from 3.4% to 5.1% between 1997 and 2011, while skin allergy prevalence more than doubled in the same time period. That means 1 in every 20 children will develop a food allergy and 1 in every 8 children will have a skin allergy. According to the CDC, respiratory allergies are still the most common for children younger than 18.

The new report, which looked at data from the National Health Interview Survey, found that skin allergies decreased with age, while respiratory allergies increased as children got older.

Both food and respiratory allergies also increased with income level, meaning richer families had higher rates of childhood allergies. Hispanic children had lower rates than non-Hispanic white and black children in the survey. The report did not look into the potential reasons for this.

Scientists are still trying to figure out where allergies come from, and why they’re on the rise in the United States. Internal bacteria, genetics and environment may all play a role, says Dr. Edward Zoratti, head of the allergy and immunology division at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Bob1god

    Quit putting growth hormones & antibiotics in our food! Azzhats!

    May 5, 2013 at 2:09 am |
  2. .

    Soylent Green, yummy.

    May 4, 2013 at 2:58 pm |
  3. shawn l

    They are on the rise because too many parents attempt to sterilize the entire world. Babies and kids need dirt and germs to build up resistances and tolerance to allergens and other illnesses.

    May 3, 2013 at 2:10 am |
    • AleeD®

      To quote Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫ "Ding, ding!"

      May 3, 2013 at 6:31 am |
    • Keith

      This is true...Too many children do not get the necessary exposure to germs (bacteria)....Homes are air tight and kids stay in playing computers... Recess has been eliminated in elementary and middle school......

      May 3, 2013 at 1:55 pm |
  4. JGN

    Is it possible that Hispanic children in general are eating more 'whole foods' and fewer processed fast foods than white or black children? It may be a clue for all of us.

    May 2, 2013 at 4:01 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      Ding, ding!

      May 2, 2013 at 4:06 pm |
    • Edwin

      Of course I can't speak for my whole race, but in general what you say is true.
      Any decent hispanic/mexican grocer has a massive produce section, sometimes taking up almost half the store. We generally don't eat out, most meals are home cooked and made from scratch. When possible we even grow our own fruits and veggies. This is done mainly out of necsesity due to low income, but the unintended benefit is that we typically eat healthier, whole foods.

      I also agree with shawn l, WAY too many parents and kids are germophobes these days. Kids need to be exposed to this bad stuff, it builds your immune system!

      May 3, 2013 at 11:48 am |
    • Gabriela

      You are absolute right! I see it everyday – toddlers getting deep fried chicken, fast food, artificial flavored sugar drinks I could go on and on. Fresh fruits and vegetable are important for a healthy development of every child in order to strengthen their immune system and so on ! It's a no brainer. Fast food should never be cheaper than healthy organic food. I find it very strange for this survey not to look for the reasons of theses allergies. That makes it completely useless. Why not hire a chef to cook school meals? One of the many administrator less will make up for the cost of a qualified chef to feed those kids with healthy food.

      May 3, 2013 at 4:15 pm |
  5. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫


    May 2, 2013 at 3:59 pm |
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