Follow-up to the peanut allergy post below

(Sorry for boring anyone who isn't interested in this discussion. I'll answer another question in the afternoon.)

The peanut allergy post seems to have sparked a lot of discussion, and it made me think about the whole allergy issue. I think that many people not only "don't get it" about food allergies, but think that people (or parents of kids) with food allergies are making them up, or exaggerating them, or will somehow lose the allergy if they don't "give in" to it. It's almost as if they resent the person for having the allergy and cramping their lifestyle.

I don't get this (I mean, I get that people think that way, but I think it doesn't make sense). In trying to work through it in my head, I compare it to making accommodations for other kinds of chronic conditions or illnesses. The best comparison I could come up with was accommodating a child with diabetes. If there was a kid in your child's class with diabetes, you wouldn't bring sugary snacks because you know that child couldn't have one, and it wouldn't be fair to make one kid have to sit out when all the other kids were eating the sweet. I think most people would agree to bring in something else pretty happily and without comment.

So why the push-back about allergies, which are much more serious because even inhaling the food can cause the allergic reaction?

Is it because we see this as a weakness that can be overcome with grim determination and positive thinking? Or because we see it as a luxurious problem to have? Or something else?

What do you internets think?