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ITV Loose Women Discuss Food Allergies
Yesterday (11/05/2015) there was a discussion on ITV’s Loose Women about allergies and fussy eaters. It was a very brief discussion about how hard it is to cater for people with dietary requirements, they touched on allergies, vegans and fussy eaters.
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A lot of you have contacted me about this discussion on Loose Women and told me how upset you are which is why I have decided to write this post. Hopefully I can get across how most of us feel about this? If you want to add anything please comment below.
Dear Loose Women,
Having food allergies or being an allergy parent is hard enough before you leave the comfort of your own home. People with food allergies have so much to deal with on a daily basis whether it be feeling generally unwell, trying to pin point a reaction trigger, struggling to find foods they can eat or just trying to cope with many of the emotional feelings that come with allergies. When you do leave the house, you have your own fears, worries and anxiety’s to deal with and that’s before having to deal with the general public or friends and family who just don’t get it. Eating out can be a huge deal for someone with food allergies, and yes to you we might seem like a nuisance or an inconvenience to your day but this is not a life style choice and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone, for some people certain foods are a matter of life and death and for others certain foods make them very poorly.
Ruth does mention the fear of catering for those with severe food allergies, this is something else we have to deal with on a daily basis. Many food establishments have chosen to declare that any food served or sold by them ‘may contain’ any of the top 14 allergens. What this does is completely exclude us and cover them from a legal point of view. I think with food allergy sufferers on the increase you could of chosen to discuss this topic in a more supportive way rather than highlighting the inconvenience we cause at social events. Various charity’s and individuals are currently working very hard to accommodate for and raise awareness of food allergy’s, I and many others feel this discussion has not helped in anyway.
As for.. Wedding invites, letting us know of any special dietary requirements.. ”don’t, please don’t” Do you think we should bring our own food Ruth? Or just don’t eat the food placed in front of us and fast that day? Or just be left out and not attend the wedding at all? Having to become the ‘awkward’ one at social events is something a lot of us struggle with, especially when it’s new to us. Comments like this from a much loved public figure like Ruth will do nothing for peoples confidence in coming to terms with this new life style which has been forced upon us.
So many people don’t understand allergies and why would you if you’ve never been through it, but I think the media and television could choose to help people try to understand and be more considerate rather than shunning us..!
Lyndsay (An allergy parent)