New Bullying Trend: Food Allergy Shaming

Playing Food Allergy Bullies?!

Parents have enough to worry about as it is, but now there’s a new form of bullying that could be life-threatening!

According to a study, one third of kids and teens with food allergies have been bullied and taunted specifically because of the foods they cannot eat. In some cases, the food they are allergic to has been thrown and smeared on them – with even instances of kids cramming the food in the allergic kid’s mouth.

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This is particularly alarming considering that food allergies affect 1 in 13 children, which translates to about 2 kids in every classroom. In 40 percent cases, a child with a food allergy has had a severe or life-threatening incident, like anaphylaxis, which makes food bullying a dangerous situation.

The most common types of food allergies that your child could be bullied about are milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish.

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The Doctors encourage parents to watch for signs of bullying. They also say to actively listen to the child, assure them it’s not their fault, offer advice and work with them to find a solution to the problem.