Food Allergies

INSIGHTS ON ITS EFFECTS ON OUR HEALTH AND THE ECONOMY

 

 
 

Meal Expenses

AMERICAN PARENTS SPEND $1.7 BILLION IN ALLERGY FRIENDLY MEALS FOR THEIR FAMILY'S SPECIFIC DIETS.

Parents with children with food allergies spend a lot of their income in finding meals that will not trigger allergy attacks. $5.5 billion was spent on other out-of-pocket expenses and $14.2 billion was racked up for lost opportunity, meaning a caregiver had to leave or change jobs due to the food allergy. Companies are seeing more and more the potential of this untapped market.

 
 

Source:Costs for Kids’ Food Allergies Estimated at Nearly $25 Billion by Robert Preidt from Health Day News for Healthier Living | Economic impact of childhood food allergies estimated from Science Daily

 
 

 
 

Malnutrition

FOOD-ELIMINATION DIETS CAUSED BY ALLERGIES HAVE LED TO POOR WEIGHT AND MALNUTRITION. 

 
 

The fear of an allergy reaction leads children and adults to eliminate ingredients that they need to consume to be healthy. These restrictive diets have been adopted most commonly by individuals that have dealt with anaphylaxis and are not being guided by a dietitian. 

Source: What is a food allergy? What to do when a food allergy is suspected by Christian Mordqvist for Medical News Today | Patient information: Food allergy symptoms and diagnosis (Beyond the Basics) by Wesley Burks, MD from Up To Date | Food allergy and food intolerance from EUFIC

 
 

 
 

Family LifeStyle

A FAMILY WITH A CHILD WITH FOOD ALLERGIES REVOLVES AROUND HIS DIETARY NEEDS. 

When a child is diagnosed with food allergies, the whole family changes their diets, the way they shop for groceries and only go to specific restaurants. From that moment forward their primary focus is to keep that child safe and to cater to his needs. Parents are proactive on making sure their schools are allergy friendly and are ready to deal with a reaction. 

Source: Food Allergies: Protect Your Child at Home and Away by Jennifer Soong from WebMD| I’m not Nuts: Living With food Allergies Documentary

 

Misconception

MOST OF THE AMERICAN POPULATION DOESN'T UNDERSTAND THE SEVERITY OF ANAPHYLAXIS. 

Individuals don’t understand the seriousness and danger that comes with having food allergies, until they encounter it first hand or with their children. Older generations who didn’t live in a time where food allergies were common, don’t see it as a life-threatening disease but rather a minor discomfort. These misconceptions can cause tension between family members and even cause fatal accidents.

Source: The psychosocial impact of food allergy and food hypersensitivity in children, adolescents, and their families: a review by A. J. Cummings1, R. C. Knibb2, R. M. King3 andJ. S. Lucas from European Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology | I’m not Nuts: Living With food Allergies Documentary. 

 

 
 

anaphylaxis

EACH YEAR IN THE U.S., IT IS ESTIMATED THAT ANAPHYLAXIS RESULTS IN 150 DEATHS.

 
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 Symptoms develop quickly, often within seconds or minutes. It is estimated that anaphylaxis to food results in 30,000 emergency room visits, 2,000 hospitalizations and 150 deaths. 

Source:  Food Allergies: What you Need to Know from FDA U.S. Food and Drug Administration Protecting and Promoting Your Health

Ingestion of food allergen(s) can cause severe, life threatening allergic reactions called anaphylaxis. This can lead to constricted airways in the lungs, severe lowering of blood pressure and anaphylactic shock. 

Source: Anaphylaxis from the American Accreditation HealthCare Commission 

 
 

 
 

Medical Costs

CAREGIVERS THAT HAVE CHILDREN WITH FOOD ALLERGIES SPEND $1.9 BILLION IN MEDICAL COSTS. 

 
 

Patients who receive medical treatment from an allergist without being admitted to a hospital spend a total of $890 million annually. All the emergency department visits focused on food allergies alone, cost $764 million annually. The annual cost of children's visits to pediatricians is a total of $543 million. 

Source: The Economic Impact of Childhood Food Allergy in the United StatesEconomic Impact of Childhood Food AllergyEconomic Impact of Childhood Food Allergy. JAMA Pediatrics | Food Allergy News Fall 2013, Volume 23, Issue 3 by FARE