Prevalence of Celiac / Coeliac, Gluten Sensitivities &
Food Allergies Across the Globe
Over 300 Million Individuals Worldwide Require Some Type of Special Diet
It is also estimated that over 100 million Americans or approximately one third of the US population manage special dietary needs.
Food allergies, sensitivities, autism, ADD/ADHD, diabetes, celiac/coeliac disease and other auto-immune diseases are all contributing factors to following special dietary lifestyles. Food allergies are growing increasingly more common impacting 3–4% of the world’s population.
Additionally, estimates of those with food intolerances and sensitivities range from 15–25% of the population in the US, Europe and Australia. It is also projected that 50% of Europeans will be affected by food or environmental allergies by 2015.
Anaphylaxis, which is a potential life threatening allergic reaction impacts 1% of the global population.
In June 2007, in the US, the National Institutes for Health declared food allergies an important public health concern. Approximately 13 million Americans have food allergies, with 90% of all food allergy reactions caused by 8 foods: milk, soy, eggs, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish.
Celiac disease, spelled coeliac outside of North America, is one of the world’s most misdiagnosed diseases, impacting 1-2% of the population globally. Celiac / coeliac disease is a genetic auto-immune disorder reflected in a permanent intolerance to gluten, the protein found in wheat, rye and barley. It is the most misdiagnosed auto-immune disorder in the world.
Once thought to be extremely rare in the US, it is the most common genetic disorder in North America and Europe. Based on the landmark multi-center study led by the University of Maryland in 2003, 1 in 133 Americans have celiac / coeliac disease. It is now more common in the US than Multiple Sclerosis, Cystic Fibrosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis combined.
In addition, it is estimated that 15-20% of the American population are now following a gluten free diet due to health and wellness related considerations.
Because of this, “free-from” food markets around the world have seen double digit growth rates in recent years. Most notably, global gluten-free products are forecasted to increase from $3.1 billion in 2010 to $4.3 billion by 2015.
These special dietary concerns impact each individual’s quality of life, as well as family, friends and society in general.
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- Global research from 22 sources compiled by Allergy & GlutenFree Passport. ©2005-2012
- The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network. ©2010 and ©2011
- European Commission. ©2010
- Leiden University Medical Center. ©2011
- School of Medicine News – University of Maryland School of Medicine. ©2003.
- Understanding Gluten and Allergen-Free Experiences Worldwide: Global Perspectives of Consumer, Hospitality & Food Service Market Research -GlutenFree Passport® ©2008
- Datamonitor 2010 Gluten-Free Food and Beverage Market Report
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