Childhood Obesity and Food Allergies…Are They Related?

Food allergies have been on the rise along with childhood obesity.  Is this a coincidence?  Not necessarily.  Researchers studied over 4,000 children and found that overweight or obese children are 25% more likely to have food allergies and are over 50% more likely to be allergic to milk.

While researchers are uncertain as to how weight affects food allergies, they speculate that it may be due to increased inflammation within the body.  Although the findings do not prove that extra weight causes food allergies, it may provide one more reason to help kids maintain a healthy weight.