Food Allergies Cost U.S. $25 Billion A Year

American VoicesOpinion ISSUE 49•38 Sep 19, 2013

New research shows that food allergies among the nation’s children—including allergies to nuts, wheat, dairy, and other foods, which affect 8 percent of all U.S. kids—cost American families an estimated $24.8 billion a year in medical expenses, allergen-free foods, special child care, and lost productivity. What do you think?

  • “Personally, I prefer my son’s puffed-up allergic face to his normal one.”

    Sandra Dessisso –
    Sail Cutter

  • “There’s nothing more infuriating than accommodating a child’s specific needs.”

    Emil Harmon –
    Hunting Guide

  • “A life without peanuts is no life at all.”

    Ray Heinrichs –
    Unemployed