Food Allergies: Global Burden, Causes, Treatment, Prevention and Public Policy

Type: Consensus Study
Topics: Children and Families, Public Health
Board: Food and Nutrition Board

Activity Description

Nearly 15 million people are affected by food allergies in the United States alone, and current global trends show that this number of individuals is increasing, particularly in developed countries. A new Health and Medicine Division (HMD) committee will be formed to examine critical issues related to food allergy (FA), including the prevalence and severity of FA and its impact on affected individuals, families, and communities; and current understanding of FA as a disease, and in diagnostics, treatments, prevention, and public policy. This consensus study will engage a broad array of stakeholders, including government agencies, organizations, academic institutions, industries, policy makers, and patient organization groups in addition to bringing together leading investigators from relevant fields, clinicians, and parents to engage in review of the issues surrounding FA. 

The committee will develop a framework for future direction in several key areas: recommending steps to increase public awareness of FA; promoting research on both disease causation and management; and informing preventive approaches to FA; and identifying research gaps and making recommendations to fill them. 

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