As someone who believes that education is the first step in creating a safer and more understanding community, I wanted to share these food allergy facts so you can become more educated on the matter and be equipped to educate others.
- 15 million Americans live with food allergies every day.
- How to Help: Donate to food allergy research or go on an official Food Allergy Walk.
- The top 8 most common food allergens include peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish.
- 1 in 3 children report being bullied for their food allergy.
- How to Help: Spread the word about the seriousness of food allergies and how they can be as live-threatening as any other serious disease.
- People do not outgrow peanut, tree nut, fish, and shellfish allergies. However, people can outgrow milk, egg, and wheat allergies, but would usually do so before the age of 5.
- Not introducing a common allergen to children early on does not reduce the risk of developing food allergies later in life.
- How to Help: Introduce small amounts of allergen, such as peanuts, to your child/family member at an early age. Of course, do so only after receiving the permission of your doctor.
- The Americans with Disabilities Act, instated in 1990, also applies to those with food allergies in areas such as employment, public transportation, and restaurants.
- 200,000 Americans each year require emergency medical care because of food allergies.
- How to Help: Clean off your area when you’re done eating an allergen in a public space or learn/teach the signs of an allergic reaction.
- Since 1997, food allergies have increased by almost 50%.
- Epinephrine is the only defense against anaphylaxis, the most serious form of a food allergy reaction.
- How to Help: Learn or teach someone how to use an epinephrine auto-injector.
- 25 billion dollars each year are spent on food allergies, i.e. Emergency room visits, buying allergen-free food, etc.
Feel free to share these facts with other members of the food allergy community and those who might need more knowledge! Education is the best tool in keeping food allergic individuals safe and and creating a better world for everyone.