The environmenT

INSIGHTS ON ITS EFFECTS ON OUR HEALTH 

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Vitamin D

THE FURTHER AWAY FROM THE EQUATOR THE MORE INCLINED TO DEVELOP FOOD ALLERGIES. 

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The further away from the equator the country is located, the more likely its population will be affected by food allergies. This is due to a lack of sunlight, and affects them because, their intake of vitamin D is much lower. A study in Australia showed, that children with low vitamin D were more likely to have egg & peanut allergies. In fact, statistics show that 50% of people that live in Western countries are vitamin D insufficient & 10% deficient. 

Source: Vitamin D & Food Allergy by Thanai Pongdee for American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology | What is a food allergy? What to do when a food allergy is suspected by Christian Mordqvist for Medical News Today

 

 
 

HygienE

LIVING IN A TOO CLEAN ENVIRONMENT CAN MAKE CHILDREN MORE RECEPTIVE TO FOOD ALLERGIES.

High income families protect their children so much that they grow up in super-sterile environments, that impacts their exposure to germs. The immune system needs germs to become stronger as the years go by. This is one hypothesis on the reasons why food allergies are on the rise.

Source: What Food Allergies Are Costing Famlies & the Economy by Alexandra Sifferlin for CNN | What is food allergy? What to do when a food allergy is suspected by Christian Mordqvist for Medical News Today

 

URBAN LIFE

LACK OF EXPOSURE TO NATURAL ELEMENTS MAKES CHILDREN MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO FOOD ALLERGIES.

Research shows that children who grow up in cities are more susceptible to developing food allergies because they are not exposed to naturally occurring elements. On the other hand, children who grow up in the countryside are less likely to develop such dietary restrictions.

Source: Study Reveals High Food Allergy Risks Among Inner City Kids by Marie Ellis from Medical News Today | Food Allergies More Widespread Among Inner-City Children by Robert Wood, M.D. from Johns Hopkins Medicine

 

 
 

PESTICIDES

DICHLOROPHENOL IS THE NUMBER ONE SUSPECT FOR THE RISE OF PEANUT ALLERGY. 

 
 

Dichlorophenol is a chemical found in pesticides used to kill weeds and insects. This chemical is then consumed by the public through various ingredients and causes the body to weaken its food tolerances. It is seen most in the peanut allergen. This pesticide is used for cotton and peanut fields. Dichlorophenol may not be used when growing peanuts but the earth has already been contaminated from previous crops, and it could be one of the reason why peanut allergies have more than tripled between 1997 and 2008.

Source: Food Allergies Linked to Pesticides by Brenda Goodman for WEB MD | What is a food allergy? What to do when Christian Mordqvist suspects a food allergy for Medical News Today

 

 
 

AMERICAN DIET

CHILDREN WHO EAT FAST FOOD AS PART OF THEIR EVERYDAY DIET HAVE A HIGHER RISK OF BEING AFFECTED BY FOOD ALLERGIES. 

 
 

Studies show that the American diet is a major factor in the reason why American children are at such a high risk of developing food allergies. Climate, obesity and various infections found in the United States play a  big role in the reason why there is such a risk. Children who eat fast food more than three times a week have a higher risk of developing asthma, eczema and hay fever.  This also brings up the fact that children with asthma can easily develop food allergies. 

Source: Location, Location: Being born in the U.S. puts kids at higher risk of allergies by Alexandra Sifferlin for TIME | Allergies Less Common Among Foreign-Born Children, USA by Joseph Nordqvist for Medical News Today

 

HOW DO FOOD ALLERGIE AFFECT OUR COUNTRY AS A WHOLE?