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Recent Studies Link Obesity To Food Allergies

First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" Campaign tells us that about 32 percent of children and teens (or 25 million) are obese or overweight. It revealed those extra pounds put them at greater risk of developing debilitating and costly diseases including diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol and may also cause them to lead a two to five year shorter life than their parents.

The May 2009 "Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology" published a study that suggests rising childhood obesity may be promoting the increased occurrence of food allergies which rose by 18 percent from 1997-2007. Obesity was associated with a greater development of atopic disease such as eczema and psoriasis, and a whopping 59 percent increase in food sensitization. Researchers in this study noted, "The analysis of continuous Body Mass Index (BMI) with total IgE levels supports the concept that increased weight is associated with increased allergic predisposition."

"The statistics are startling," notes Jeffrey Zavik, Founder and CEO of Immuno Laboratories. "Testing for food allergies and following a nutritional program based on the diagnostic results could help parents make healthier family choices which is one of the goals of the Let's Move Campaign. Bloodprint™ food allergy and sensitivity testing could also be part of the RX for Healthier Living initiative by the American Academy of Pediatrics which would provide more impactful data than simply measuring the body mass index," he adds.

Dr. Mona Morstein discusses the correlation of being overweight or obese with the higher occurrence of food sensitivities in her recent article, "Obesity Rising to Epic Proportions; Could Food Allergies be Causing Your Weight Problem?" "Food sensitivity testing is something every overweight patient and their doctor should consider investigating," notes Morstein, who has been a naturopathic physician for 21 years and currently serves as Chair of Nutrition at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. She is also Professor for Gastroenterology at the College and Clinical Supervisor of its outpatient clinic.

About the Bloodprint™

Millions of people have insurance coverage for the Bloodprint which has been helping people "Eat Well, Feel Well and Live Well" for more than 32 years and offers a strong satisfaction guarantee. Administered under the direction of a physician, this simple blood test can help identify food and environmental allergies and intolerances that may be the cause of inflammation causing chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, attention deficit disorders, autism, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, migraine headaches, otitis media and more.

Based on a highly respected technique called the IgG Enzyme Linked Immunosorbant Assay (ELISA), the Bloodprint test can identify up to 154 'trigger' foods causing intolerances that need to be eliminated from the diet for 90 days. Within 72 hours, comprehensive test results are provided in a package that includes a report detailing the detected hidden food allergies along with a personal wallet-size reference card; a wide list of foods that can be enjoyed; recommended meal plans; helpful shopping hints; DVDs; and recipes. Online patient support is also available to ensure compliance.

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