Food Allergies

Some people have food allergies and can become very ill if they eat certain foods (such as nuts, eggs, seafood).

So, some people have allergies (n), or

some people are allergic (adj). In developed countries, the number of people with food allergies has increased.

Food allergy now represents a major public health concern, particularly in the developed world. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), its prevalence increased by about 50% between 1997 and 2011, and now it affects around one in 13 children.

Experts are not sure why this has happened but recent studies have shown that a lack of exposure to sunlight, which can lead to vitamin D deficiency, can increase a child's risk of developing egg allergy 3-fold and the risk of developing peanut allergy 11-fold.

So, my Myanmar friends, don't hide your children from the sun completely, as this could have a serious negative effect on your health.


Listen to the BBC podcast about food allergies and identify the following statements as True, False or Not Given.

  1. Research shows there has been only a slight increases in food allergies in the last 20-30 years.

  2. Eczema is a skin condition that only occurs in children.

  3. There is a likelihood that food allergies are caused by genetics.

  4. A peanut is not a nut.

  5. A food allergy refers to a medical problem caused by food.

  6. Eczema is most painful when it occurs on the face.

When you're ready, enter your answers into the test sheet below>


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