The Media Portrayal of Food Allergies

In the past few years, I have noticed a new character trait in the movies and on TV: food allergies. The media portrayal of food allergies is often quite misguided. Although this seems to be a fad, the problem with this is that more often than not, it gives irresponsible and incorrect information to the general public. That is a huge concern because people might think that food allergies are something to joke about and don’t understand the actual severity.

I know the list goes on, but the ones that I could think of off the top of my head were: Movies- Hitch, The Da Vinci Code, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. TV- Freaks and Geeks, a soap opera episode (not sure which one), and Michael on The Office saying, “If I was allergic to dairy, I think I would kill myself.” Out of these examples, I believe only one of these was handled responsibly. The media really needs to do their research!

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