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Today on Facebook, I saw a link to a story from the TV program, The Doctors.
In full disclosure, I didn't see this show when it aired, but I watched the clip on the Internet. You can see it here.
As part of a series giving tips on how to achieve an ideal weight for summer, a plastic surgeon, a real doctor, suggested that people tell waiters that they have a butter allergy when visiting a restaurant to get less fat in their meals. He goes on to say that the only way to be sure that the restaurant will take you seriously is to say that it's an allergy.
Wow! Where to start?!
First of all -- what is a butter allergy? I'm quite sure he is not implying that diners pretend that they have a dairy allergy. Just the butter. Hmmm.....
It's hard enough to get people to understand the severity of a REAL food allergy -- to take it seriously. How much more difficult is that task when an expert is encouraging people to just go ahead and make up allergies?
So with it common knowledge that people are making up allergies to lose weight (if this advice is heeded), how seriously will restaurants take the safety precautions that are required for food allergies? It's extra effort, which translates to extra expense, for a restaurant to ensure that cross-contamination doesn't occur to keep allergic diners healthy. If they suspect the claim is bogus, will they take those extra steps?
Food allergies, a potentially life-threatening medical condition, is not a joke. How can a medical professional go on national television and treat the healthcare needs of MILLIONS of people so cavalierly?
Shame on you, The Doctors. I only hope that if the food-allergic community helps shine a spotlight on this issue that in the future they will be more responsible.
What do you think?
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