Statistics on the increase of food allergies

Robyn O'Brien, Author of "The Unhealthy Truth", discusses statistics that show the great rise in the number of food allergies in children in America today and what could possible be causing it
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Statistics on the increase of food allergies

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What are the statistics on the increases in food allergies? You know, as I really poured my analytical capabilities into that, it was absolutely jaw-dropping to see how prevalent food allergies have become. Today, it is now estimated that 1 in 13 children has a food allergy. Most kids that have food allergies have multiple food allergies. There was a doubling of the peanut allergy from 1997 until 2002, and in 2008 the CDC reported a 265% increase in the rate of hospitalizations related to food allergic reactions. So, that was people checking into the ER, and not just children. And when you stop and think about it, you know, when we were kids, a PB&J or a carton of milk, they were not loaded weapons on a lunchroom table as they are today. And so it just begs the question, "What has changed?" And while correlation is not causation, the fact that we have introduced new proteins into our food supply at the same time that we are seeing these skyrocketing increases in these epidemics, it begs the question, "Why weren't we told?"

Robyn O'Brien, Author of "The Unhealthy Truth", discusses statistics that show the great rise in the number of food allergies in children in America today and what could possible be causing it

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Robyn O'Brien

Author, The Unhealthy Truth

Robyn O'Brien is recognized by Teri Hatcher, Kourtney Kardashian, Kristen Bell and moms around the world.  She has been called “food’s Erin Brockovich” by The New York Times and has been named by SHAPE Magazine as a “Women To Shape the World”, by Forbes Woman as one of “20 Inspiring Women to Follow on Twitter,” and by The Discovery Channel as one of its 15 Top Visionaries. She is a former food industry analyst, author, mother of four and the founder of AllergyKids Foundation. Robyn graduated as the top woman in her class from business school before working as a financial analyst that covered the food industry. She is regarded as an expert on children’s health policy.  She has appeared on CNN, The Dr Oz show, Today Show, Good Morning America, CNBC's Kudlow Report, Fox News and the Ricki Lake Show and has appeared in several documentary films, including Food Patriots, Unacceptable Levels, Genetic Roulette.  

Robyn’s work has been recognized by individuals such as Yoko Ono, Robert Kennedy Jr., Ted Turner and Prince Charles. She is the founder of the visionary organization allergykidsfoundation.org which is focused on restoring the integrity of the food supply and the health of children, the author of The Unhealthy Truth (Random House 2010) and her work is seen in Food, Inc. filmmaker Robert Kenner’s 2012 video, Labels Matter, and in Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.

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