Children living in cities are more likely to have food allergies compared to those who live in rural areas. This was found in a study carried out in United States led by Ruchi Gupta, M.D. She works as an assistant professor of paediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a physician at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.
According to the research led by Gupta, urban kids are more prone to get peanut and shellfish allergies compared to those from rural communities. The major findings of the study are:
More than 38000 children aged 18 or below from all areas of population were studied.