The children are suffering. Why are the kids being diagnosed with various conditions and allergies at a rapid rate these days? A new study revealed in Business Week stated African-American males are showing the highest rate of food allergies.
Over 7 million people have been diagnosed with food allergies. Research was analyzed from eight thousand people ranging in ages 1 to 60 plus years of age. Their blood was tested for antibodies on four specific food: shrimp, milk, eggs and peanuts.
Food allergy rates were highest (4.2 percent) among children aged 1 to 5 and lowest (1.3 percent) among adults older than 60. Compared to the general population, food allergies were two times more common among children aged 1 to 19, three times more common among blacks and two times more common among males.
Peanut allergy was the most common food allergy, affecting 1.3 percent of the survey participants. Rates of peanut allergy were 1.8 percent in children aged 1 to 5, 2.7 percent in children aged 6 to 19, and 0.3 percent in adults.
The study, which appears in the November issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, was funded by the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.