Professor Connie Katelaris, an allergy specialist at
Sydney's Campbelltown Hospital has said that Australia has topped the list in
food allergies as most people believe they are suffering from the same.
However statistics tell a different story. One in 10
Australians believe they have a food allergy, but just 1 to 2 per cent have a
true allergy to some types of food.
these imagined food allergies are far more likely to be reported by women than
by men," Professor Katelaris said at a meeting of dermatologists.
"And food allergy is a diagnosis favoured by alternative practitioners,
despite the lack of evidence showing that it is to blame."