Concerning the drastic increase of food allergies in children cause by allergic reaction, the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) launched its Food Allergy Campaign on June 2012. It aimed at educating the public and creating awareness on how to recognizing the symptoms of food allergies, how it gets triggered and how to react in cases of emergencies.
The Food Allergy Campaign was also supported by the EAACI patients, Organizations, Committee, representatives from over more than 25 countries across Europe, North America, South America, Middle East, Asia and Oceania.
Food Allergy also known as Anaphylaxis is an allergic reaction that can become sever and potentially result in life threatening condition if not treated on time.
In Europe alone, more than 17 million people are affected, the sharpest rise in food allergies are recorded in children and young people and are feared to be increasing at a drastic rate which has become growing public concern.
While any food can trigger adverse reaction, some of the commonly noted types of food are eggs, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, fish, wheat, soy, and certain types of seeds and so on.
In fact, a total of 120 foods have been identified to turn your meal into a nightmare.
Food allergy is the most common cause of anaphylaxis apart from other allergens like insect stings and medications. In cases of sever allergic reaction, entire body allergic can impair the respiratory system causing dramatic drop in the blood pressure that can affect the heart rate.
Strict avoidance of problem foods is the safest way to avoid anaphylaxis.
With the growing cases of food allergy and Anaphylaxis, the European Academy of Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis (EAACI) came up with guidelines to provide evidence-based recommendations for primary prevention of food allergy. Based on evident results, families can be educated about food allergy and preventions, especially for infants and children falling at higher risk. Pregnant and lactating mothers are advised to maintain normal diet and ensure breastfeeding of infants for at least 4 – 6 months.
Parents are also advised to be attentive about the nutrition of their children and family, particularly to integrate gradually novel foods to detect potential allergies. The symptoms are easily detectable, but it is still necessary to know: small rash, swelling of face or lips, vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, wheezing, all symptoms sometimes associated with small problems but still needs to be alert because many a times food allergy is often foreshadowed.
How can Nutrisystem prevent Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis?
With all the worries and confusion about which food to eat and which to avoid, education and awareness is the key to management. There are over 150 menu choices in the Nutrisystem program. Nutrisystem healthy eating regime delivers diets plans, and also offers personalized allergen-proof diet plans depending on the physiology and medical conditions of the individual without compromising on the essential nutrients that the body requires to maintain a healthy body.