These days, one in 13 American children has a potentially deadly allergy to some food. The past half-decade has seen a strange explosion in food allergy rates. In 1997, the prevalence of food allergies in children under 17 years of age was about 3.4 percent, and steadily increased to 3.9 percent by 2007 — but in the years following, it skyrocketed to eight percent, according to a major 2011 study published in Pediatrics.
Getting to the bottom of this problem is a pressing public health matter, because, as it turns out, food allergies are costing the U.S. an estimated $24.8 billion every year, according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics, which revealed what was previously a hidden financial burden in America.
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