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J Nutr Health. 2016 Feb;49(1):8-17. Korean.
Published online February 29, 2016.
© 2016 The Korean Nutrition Society
Changes of prevalence of food allergy in elementary school student and perception of it in school nutritionist in Korea, 1995~2015
Sun-Mi Han,1 and Young-Ran Heo2
1Major in Nutrition Education, Graduate School of Education, Chonnam National University, Gwangju 61186, Korea.
2Division of Food and Nutrition, Research Institute for Human Ecology, Chonnam National University, Gwangju 61186, Korea.

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Received February 01, 2016; Accepted February 12, 2016.

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The aim of this study is to summarize and report on the change of food allergy in elementary school students and perception and practices in school nutritionists in Korea from 1995 to 2015.


The search strategy was "(food allergy AND elementary school AND Korea) AND (nutritionist OR perception OR practice)". The search was conducted via KISS, DBPIA, RISS, NDSL, PubMed, Scopus, and Google scholar and full text and abstracts on the topic of food allergy evaluating prevalence, allergen, symptom, perception and practices were included in this review.


Out of 1379 records found in the sources, 13 related studies were included in the final analysis. The results showed that the number of students who had experienced food allergy was increasing. The two frequent allergenic foods were eggs and milk. The perception and practices of food allergy in school nutritionists was gradually increased.


Further objective evaluations are required to confirm the food allergy status and its management in school.

Keywords: food allergy; allergenic food; nutritionist; elementary school


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Search strategy for data sources.
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Studies of the food allergy in elementary school students
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Studies of the perception or practices for food allergy in school nutritionist
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Major subjects extracted for perception of food allergy in elementary school nutritionist
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Prevalence of food allergy in elementary school students from 1995 to 2015
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Kinds of allergenic food in elementary school students from 1995 to 2015
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Symptoms of food allergy in elementary school students
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Frequency of symptoms for food allergy in elementary school students (n)
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Changes for perception of food allergy in school nutritionist from 2010 to 2015 year
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