More than a third of kids with food allergies say they've been bullied because of it

Suzanne Monaghan
September 23, 2019 - 4:00 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Approximately two kids in every classroom have food allergies according to FARE (Food Allergy Research Education), and many children are bullied because of their allergies.

All types of bullying are harmful, but food allergy bullying can be life-threatening.

"What people don't understand is that this is a food that can actually kill them. It can kill them either by touch, in some cases, or by accidental ingestion. And so that level of bullying really heightens up to a fear level that is incomprehensible," said FARE CEO Lisa Gable.  

One-third of kids with food allergies say they've experienced this type of bullying, Gable said. 

"This obviously not only decreases the quality of life for a child, but it adds an undo amount of stress for a child that already has to manage and contain their avoidance to this particular food."

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Gable added there are no proven cures or therapies for food allergies.  

"So it's a very serious disease and it's actually a disease that's actually rising in numbers," she said. 

FARE is working with students and schools to help educate kids and raise awareness about the danger.