Study Kids With Food Allergies Often Become Bullying Victims

09.28.10 | FL News Team

In the first study of its kind, researchers at Mount Sinai found that children with food allergies are often the victims of bullying.  The new data shows 35-percent of children over the age of five with food allergies reported being teased, harassed or bullied because of their allergies.  Out of that group, 86-percent say its happened on more than one occasion.

Researchers discovered that classmates were the most common perpetrators.  However as surprising as it might sound, 20-percent said teachers and other school staff were guilty of the teasing and harassing.  The study's lead researcher, Dr. Scott Sicherer says it's estimated that nearly one in 25 children has a food allergy.  The study was published in the October issue of "Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology."