The Unhealthy Truth About Foods and Allergies


When the youngest of her four children had an allergic reaction to breakfast, Robyn O’Brien’s search for the cause of the allergies led her to become an expert and crusader on the impact food additives are having on the health of children.

A Fulbright grant recipient, author of The UnHealthy Truth: How Our Food Is Making Us Sick and What We Can Do About It, and former food industry analyst, Robyn brings compassion, insight and detailed analysis to her research.

In this interview with Fun & Fit, Robyn shares a number of steps parents can take to protect their kids from harmful food additives:

  • Cut back on purchases of foods with artificial color. Example – get white instead of blue yogurt
  • Buy milk that is rBGH free
  • Eat fewer “fake” or processed foods (the stuff that comes in packages)
  • Cut back on anything with corn or soy in it
  • Use ingredients grandma would have used
  • Do what you can, where you can, when you can
  • Make one change each week or pick one thing per month to focus on improving
  • Take steps you can handle and feel good about
  • Remind yourself that none of us can do everything, yet all of us can do one thing

Hailed as “food’s Erin Brockovich” by The New York Times, a “Women To Shape the World” by SHAPE Magazine and as one of “20 Inspiring Women to Follow on Twitter” by Forbes Women, Robyn’s work has also been recognized by Dr. Oz, Robert Kennedy Jr., Ted Turner and Prince Charles.

Robyn is the Founder of the visionary organization AllergyKids Foundation, which is focused on restoring the integrity of the food supply and the health of the 1 in 3 American children with allergies, autism, ADHD or asthma, and she is Co-founder of Food for Thought, a ground-breaking initiative in collaboration with the United Nations World Food Program.

In her research, Robyn discovered the following startling statistics:

  • From 1997-2002 there was a 100% increase in the number of peanut allergies
  • 1 out of 17 kids under 3 years old had food allergies as of 2006
  • There was a 25% increase in hospitalizations for food allergies
  • Cancer is #1 cause of death by disease in kids under 15

If you would like a free copy of Robyn’s book, The UnHealthy Truth compliments of Robyn O’Brien, go to our Fun and Fit FacebookFan Page saying that you’d like to win and leaving a comment about the radio interview. We’ll pick a random winner on May 8th (Mother’s Day).

About Kymberly Williams-Evans and Alexandra Williams

Identical twins and fitness pros Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MAhave been in the fitness industry since the first aerobics studio opened–with them–on the European continent back when leg warmers and thong leotards were the rage. Their fitness experience spans 3 decades on land, sea, and airwaves.

Kymberly has taught fitness on 4 continents in 4 languages for 30 years to more than 10,000 exercisers. She is former faculty at University California Santa Barbara (UCSB) in the Department of Exercise & Sport Studies. IDEA, the International Association for Health and Fitness Professionals tapped her to serve as the inaugural editor for Fitness Edge, a publication devoted solely to group exercise leaders. Finally she knew enough people in the exercise world that she became a three-time nominee and finalist for IDEA’s Program Director of the Year award.

Kymberly also worked the mind attaining a Master’s Degree in English. Her true specialty was conducting business writing seminars and helping professionals communicate more effectively in the business world. From hosting an international fitness TV program to serving as grammar expert on a live show, Kymberly has led, moved and grooved with energy and good grammar for all.

Alexandra has been teaching, presenting and writing about fitness for over 25 years (since she was 7 and 1/2)! Currently on staff in the Exercise Studies Department at UCSB, she is also a contributing editor and writer for IDEA Health and Fitness Association’s many publications. As an international presenter, Alexandra enjoyed her honeymoon in Venezuela after judging their national fitness championships.

Alexandra has her advanced degree in counseling, which qualifies her to ask nosy questions of her two teens. Combining her love of words and the microphone, she has also had a successful run as a radio presenter, emcee and comedian. She loves to work, so she also writes for her blog and is a frequent guest contributor to a variety of blogs about business and health.

Kymberly and Alexandra are also the Hosts of Fun and Fit on WomensRadio. Fun and Fit offers answers to audiences’ fitness questions, shares Fun Fit Facts, faces Freak Out Fit Facts head on and helps listeners cut through the hype and fat to reach their fitness goals. Learn, laugh and live it up on your road to health and fitness!