Food Allergies in Children on the Rise

Our post today comes from the team at End Allergies Together, or EAT. They're dedicated to driving research and getting answers about food allergies. We're happy to help them get the word out about their organization.

We’re seeing a rapid rise in food and other allergies – but we don’t know what’s causing it.  It could have something to do with environmental triggers, our genes, our diet, how we live, or what bacteria lives in our gut.  Today, there are more questions than answers. Most of us did not have a personal experience with food allergies growing up. Yet today, only a generation later, 1 in 12 American children are diagnosed with a severe food allergy. That’s at least one child in every classroom and one on every sports team. It’s too many. We need answers.

While there are researchers trying to find these answers, the funds to support them are lacking by over $400 million a year. Medical research takes a great deal of time and money.  For example, an early Phase I FDA approved multi-allergen desensitization study at Stanford cost $4.5 million for just 60 children. 

This gap exists despite the 17 million Americans who are living with food allergies. Their lives are all unique, but stories such as the following, are not.

My daughter, Lindsay, was 11 months old when I first fed her scrambled eggs with cheese. She immediately broke out in hives, threw up, and turned blue. She was going into anaphylactic shock.  A call to 911 saved her life. How could a child who seemingly looked fine one minute be fighting for her life the next, all because of a common food? We soon learned that Lindsay was severely allergic to dairy, eggs, peanuts and tree nuts. Just a trace amount could be life threatening.”   E.A.T Co-founder, Kim Hall

In fact, every 3 minutes a person visits the Emergency Room with an allergic reaction. People with food allergies can’t just eat like the rest of us.  Eating should be a normal part of every day life, but instead it becomes scary and life threatening for those with food allergies.

Who is E.A.T.?

We are parents of children with life-threatening food allergies and we started a non-profit organization, End Allergies Together, E.A.T, to help fill the funding gap.  Our sole mission is to fund research to find a cure for food allergies.  We are fortunate to have private sources covering overhead expenses so that 100% of net proceeds can go directly to the most promising research.  Our success relies on your support.  Every $1 counts.  Please help us make a difference by visiting www.EndAllergiesTogether.com

Elise Bates and Kim Hall are co-founders of End Allergies Together, Inc. (EAT) a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization solely focused on raising money for food allergy research. EAT is committed to giving 100% of net proceeds directly to the researchers seeking solutions for this growing epidemic.