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January 31, 2013

Bullying over food allergies

Allergy Relief for Your Child

Allergy Relief for Your Child by The U.S. Food and Drug Administration
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(TIME. com) — Kids can be cruel to one another for all sorts of reasons. Children who are too fat or too thin or those who have few friends are commonly targeted by schoolyard bullies, but new research finds that children with food allergies are also vulnerable. Nearly half of kids with food allergies say they’ve been bullied, and a third report that the bullying was food-related. In the most concerning cases, the kids said they were taunted by other kids who stuffed allergens into their mouth or threw food at them. “These were acts that could actually be life-threatening,” says Dr. Eyal Shemesh, lead author and an associate professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at Mount Sinai Medical Center. “Even if it’s limited to teasing, that is still upsetting.

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Dr. Eyal Shemesh

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-0.311752 “These were acts that could actually be life-threatening,” says Dr. Eyal Shemesh, …
-0.134562 “These were acts that could actually be life-threatening,” says Dr. Eyal Shemesh, lead author and an associate professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at Mount Sinai Medical Center. “Even if it’s limited to teasing, that is still upsetting. If you are allergic and someone threatens to stuff a peanut in your mouth, they only need to do it once for you to be afraid.”
0.129498 “It could be that just the fact that you have someone who knows about it and supports you can help,” says Shemesh.
0.131824 “It could be that just the fact that you have someone who knows about it and supports you can help,” says Shemesh. “Or the parents may do something about it, which makes the child feel stronger.”
-0.216564 “With cancer, people feel bad and want to protect them,” says Shemesh.
-0.108471 “With cancer, people feel bad and want to protect them,” says Shemesh. “With food allergies, we see people look at a child and they look fine so they dismiss the threat and figure the parents may be being too overprotective. That doesn’t happen with other illnesses. They are between a rock and a hard place in way that is not true for other medical illnesses.”
0.627857 “It’s much more acceptable nowadays,” says Shemesh.
0.193314 “It’s much more acceptable nowadays,” says Shemesh. “But these kids have a vulnerability that can be exploited. If someone wants to threaten them, they know how.”
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