Let's say you have an egg salad, chicken soup, and bread with peanut butter. What comes to your mind at first, when you see these meals? Some people think, "Looks so tasty."
However, for someone with a food allergy, they can be perceived as extremely scary things.
A food allergy can cause headache, runny nose, sneezing, and other painful symptoms. And in severe cases, it accompanies an allergic shock called 'Anaphylaxis,' which has symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, dyspnea, and decreased blood pressure. "When targeting food allergy patients aged 0 to 18 who were treated at Korean advanced general hospitals, 30.5 percent (506 cases) out of 1,661 cases led to anaphylaxis." This is the result from a study by a team of professors led by Jung Kyung-wook (Pediatrics of Ajou University Hospital) and Kim Ji-hyun (Pediatrics of Samsung Hospital).
Why are so many children and students vulnerable to food allergies? The biggest reason is that adults can't control everything when children are outside. It is difficult to identify the ingredients of all foods sold outside the home, and some young children may not even know that they have an allergy. Also, sometimes schools use several foods for lessons such as using packs of milk to make an invention or stacking pieces of bread and tomatoes to make sandwich strata models. In these cases, children unconsciously come into contact with foods that cause allergies.
However, I think that our society doesn't care about food allergies. Some people regard children with allergies as 'sensitive and picky' and force them to eat anything saying, "The reason why you can't eat this food is that you don't want to try to eat it. Just keep eating." And among some young children, they are teased and bullied because they have symptoms such as itchy skin and rashes caused by a food allergy. These behaviors can be very violent and traumatic for children and students.
Therefore, I think that educational institutions should provide students with sufficient health education related to food allergies. Also, teachers should conduct personality education to prevent students with allergy symptoms from being bullied. In our society, many people have different eating habits, such as being a vegan, to protect the environment. As members of society, individuals have to recognize and respect different eating habits and try to make a better food culture.