On Air

Jamie Harrison

Allergic or a liar?

By: Amber Vandale
Posted: May 26, 2020 05:47

Peanuts? Gluten? Dairy? An alarming number of people think you are making your allergy up!

Allergic or a liar?


"No thank you, I'm allergic to gluten." I'm no stranger to that phrase. I have Celiac's disease.  Celiac.org says it is a serious autoimmune disease that occurs in genetically predisposed people where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine.  Basically, my life gets pretty uncomfortable if I eat gluten.  I have had some pretty strange conversations in social situations with people who seem to want to better understand just what happens if I do eat gluten.  Or maybe, they just think I'm a liar?

A new survey from SWNS Digital found 30% of Americans say they have been “food shamed” due to dietary requirements or preferences.  29% of people have been accused of lying about their dietary needs, and 38% have been told they are being delusional.  The survey also found:

  • 25% say they get embarrassed for being criticized about their food issues
  • 22% suffer anxiety because of them
  • 20% say they actually eat the food they shouldn’t eat rather than cause a fuss, even though they know it could make them sick
  • 10% say that during lockdown they’ve struggled to find foods that meet their needs

Have you ever been "food shamed"?  How do you respond?





Back to Trending Now Blog