Food Allergies Around the World
Food allergies: a worldwide growing public health concern.
Just how fast is it growing?
Here are some of the numbers:
The CDC estimates in a study released in 2013, that food allergies in the U.S. have grown among children by 50% between 1997 and 2011. While we don’t yet know the reasons for this growth, it seems to be stronger in developed nations. In the United States, there are estimated to be 15 million people that suffer from food allergies, with a significant percentage of those under the age of 18. The numbers are 1 in 13 children are currently affected by food allergies.
North of the border in Canada, there are about 2.5 million Canadians that have food allergies or every 1 in 15 people there.
In Central and South America the numbers vary depending on the country. Brazil is estimated to have 9 million people with food allergies and 5 million of those are children. Chile estimates that 5% of children have a food allergy.
Across the pond, in Europe, it’s estimated that food allergies affect 17 million people, with percentages comparable to that in the US.
In Israel, it is estimated that 2% of adults and 8% of children suffer from food allergies.
Singapore, while not having food allergies in the same proportions as the west, have seen an increase in food allergies overall recently. Peanut allergy is overwhelmingly the most common form of anaphylaxis in Singapore.
Australia estimates that 1 in 10 babies born today will have food allergies.
Until we find a cure to this disease, our frontline defense is our emergency epinephrine auto-injectors. Having them available and ready is the key to survival in an anaphylaxis emergency. Anyone who is prescribed an epinephrine auto-injector should make sure to always carry it with them!
Great new legislation is coming in place to have epinephrine auto-injectors in schools and other public places. Many EMS and fire departments are training their members in the administering of epinephrine auto-injectors. All of these efforts will hopefully help lower the fatality rate from anaphylaxis. Still, the most important thing to remember is…. Carry your Epinephrine with you at all times!
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Be Safe and Good Health!