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Food Allergy Bullying
January 16, 2013
Has your child been bullied because of a food allergy or sensitivity? Have you? A new study, published online in the journal Pediatrics, suggests that the number of incidents of food-allergy bullying is climbing.
In this study of 251 food-allergic kids and their families, over 31 percent of children and almost 25 percent of parents reported bullying specifically due to food allergies. Bullying often involves threats with food. It was associated with increased anxiety and lower quality of life for the food-allergic children in the study, independent of the reported severity of their allergies. Parental awareness was linked with better social and emotional functioning in the child--but in almost half the cases, parents were unaware of the bullying.
Has your child been bullied, harassed or taunted because of his or her food allergies or sensitivities? Have you? Please share your experience with us.
To learn how to protect your child from harassment—and how to take action to stop bullying—click here.