Up to 8% of children have food allergies. Managing food allergies requires ongoing vigilance in avoiding the specific foods. This affects children not only at home, but also at school leading to anxiety, social isolation, and even bullying. Lifestyle and vulnerability might predispose these kids to being victims of bullies.
A study released by the American Academy of Pediatrics showed that children with food allergies were more likely to be victims of peer aggression including being threatened with food.
Key findings include:
Bullying goes unnoticed by parents in about 50% of cases. When parents are aware of bullying, social and emotional functioning, (quality of life) for children improves.
To read the above article go to: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/131/1/e10.full
For more information on food allergies go to: http://www.foodallergy.org/