Slideshow: Mental Health Burden of Food Allergy, Nutritional Intervention May Help Children


Recent research on food allergy highlights the mental health concerns of people living with a food allergy, how nutritional intervention can help children with food allergy, and that peanut introduction can reduce rates of new allergy in high-risk infants.

In the United States, around 6.2% of adults reported having a food allergy and 5.8% of children have one.1 According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, 90% of all food allergies are caused by 8 types of food, including eggs, dairy, peanuts, fish, shellfish, and wheat.2 Food Allergy represents a significant public health concern, which is why it’s critical to understand how food allergy impacts the quality of life of patients and ways to manage it.

1. More Than a Quarter of U.S. Adults and Children Have at Least One Allergy. News Release. CDC. January 26, 2023. Accessed May 23, 2024.
2. Food Allergy Overview. Report. American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Accessed May 23, 2024.
3. Casale TB, Warren C, Gupta S, et al. The mental health burden of food allergies: Insights from patients and their caregivers from the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) Patient Registry. World Allergy Organ J. 2024;17(4):100891. Published 2024 Mar 23. doi:10.1016/j.waojou.2024.100891
4. Venter C, Meyer R, Bauer M, et al. Identifying Children at Risk of Growth and Nutrient Deficiencies in the Food Allergy Clinic. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2024;12(3):579-589. doi:10.1016/j.jaip.2024.01.027
5. Banerjee A, Wood R, Dunlop J, et al. Rates of New Peanut Allergy and Discontinuation Following Introduction in High-Risk Infants. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2024;12(3):645-651.e1. doi:10.1016/j.jaip.2023.11.035
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