Peanut Allergies More Common in Rich Kids

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Peanut Allergies More Common in Rich Kids
Mon, 11-12-2012 - 3:37pm

The Today Show reported on a study that found that kids from wealthier families are more likely to have a peanut allergy: 

The results add support to the hygiene hypothesis, said study researcher Dr. Sandy Yip, of the U.S. Air Force. The hygiene hypothesis is the idea that living in a cleaner environment may make people's immune systems more sensitive, and increase the prevalence of allergies.

The findings are also inline with those of a study published earlier this year, which found children living in cities were more likely to have food allergies compared with those living in rural areas, which tend to be less expensive than cities.

http://vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/11/12/15113723-too-clean-peanut-allergies-more-common-in-rich-kids

What do you think about the findings?