Home Health Parents News Now Some Bullies Using Food Allergies as Threat Tactic Some Bullies Using Food Allergies as Threat Tactic By Holly Lebowitz Rossi January 08, 2013 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Mail Email iphone Send Text Message Print shutterstock_122772748 30115 A study released last week suggests that almost half of children who have food allergies have been bullied -- sometimes by having food thrown at them. "Clearly, it's an issue for these school-aged children in terms of how they interact with their peers," said Dr. Clifford Bassett, director of Allergy & Asthma Care of New York. "Immediately, when there's a diagnosis of food allergy, there's a little bit of a stigma." The new study furthers the mounting evidence that many kids with food allergies may endure social ostracism while also trying to eat safely. A 2010 study in the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology said that 35% of kids over age 5 with food allergies have endured bullying, teasing or harassment. Parents of children with food allergies reported in the study that these incidents -- both physical and verbal -- happened because of food allergies. Food allergy is a growing problem in young people. As many as 8% of children in the United States have at least one food allergy, according to research data. There is no cure for food allergies. The only way to stop a life-threatening reaction, called anaphylaxis, is an epinephrine auto-injector, which allergists recommend that everyone with severe food allergies should carry. Image: Peanuts, via Shutterstock By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Mail Email iphone Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Some Bullies Using Food Allergies as Threat Tactic Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.