Parents telling their children about false food allergies

@Otanetix (509)
United States
September 1, 2012 10:52pm CST
As a kid growing up, I noticed some of my friends had food allergies; they were usually peanut allergies. When we would go to restaurants, we would have to make sure to ask if there any peanuts in the dishes we ordered. Otherwise, it would have lead to us having to send them to the emergency room in order to treat their allergic reaction. I can understand genuine, legitimate allergies, but how about fake ones? In primary school, I offered my friend some chocolate because it was someone's birthday and they were giving out treats. My friend told me that he was allergic to chocolate. Eventually, I was told by one of the parents of my classmates that my friend's parents created a lie about the food allergy because they believe chocolate is too unhealthy for him. Do you know of any parents of who lie about their children having food allergies for health reasons or any other reasons?
2 responses
@natliegleb (5186)
• India
2 Sep 12
i have known many,some do for fake reasons,but majority of the people do for legit reasons so as to make them aware of all side impacts and keep a diet on food
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@Otanetix (509)
• United States
2 Sep 12
That is a very optimistic view you have about people. Yes I agree, being aware of side impacts and moderation of food is good to know. Thanks for your comment, natliegleb.
@jenny1015 (13389)
• Philippines
2 Sep 12
I know someone saying to her child that things could go wrong if the doesn't do as what her mothers tells her to avoid. I guess, some parents are just too protective over their children that they go way overboard of telling a big lie eventually. While it is correct not to encourage children to eat chocolates a lot. I think we should not also let our children miss small things that they can enjoy during childhood. It is through the parents; guidance we control our kids' behavior towards healthy eating, friends and other stuff.
@Otanetix (509)
• United States
2 Sep 12
Yes, I think parents do their best to help with the development of their children's growth. But I think growth has to also do with letting them learn things with some experience. Although I still think that my friend not being able to eat chocolate was a bit harsh, I think his parents were only doing it for his sake. Parents should be part of their children's lives and help them when needed. While it's not possible for parents to watch their children for every minute for every day, they can only try to teach as much as they can about life. So when they go out in the world, they are more prepared for what life has to offer to them. Anyway, thanks for the comment, jenny1015.