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Food allergies by the numbers

An estimated 9 millior 4 percent adults nearly 6 millior 8 percent children have food allergies.

An estimated 9 million, or 4 percent of adults, and nearly 6 million, or 8 percent of children, have food allergies.

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Updated: February 25, 2013 12:07PM



As many as 15 million people have food allergies.

An estimated 9 million, or 4 percent of adults, and nearly 6 million, or 8 percent of children, have food allergies.

Boys appear to develop food allergies more than girls.

Although childhood allergies to milk, eggs, wheat and soy generally resolve in childhood, they appear to be doing so more slowly than in previous decades. Allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, fish or shellfish are generally lifelong allergies.

The prevalence of peanut allergies among children appears to have tripled between 1997 and 2008.

Eight foods account for 90 percent of all food-allergic reactions: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (e.g., walnuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios, pecans), wheat, soy, fish and shellfish.

Research suggests that close to half of fatal food allergy reactions are triggered by food served by a restaurant or other food service establishment.

Source: foodallergy.org/page/facts-and-stats



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