Norwegian skier Aksel Lund Svindal is no wimp. Standing at more than six feet tall, Svindal is an imposing figure who won three medals at the 2010 Vancouver Games. He was a favorite before Sochi, but instead allergies derailed him, something competitors couldn’t do during the last winter Olympics.
Svindal’s bout with allergies, while unfortunate, is an important reminder that allergies are serious and should be taken seriously. Through open discussions about world-class athletes, actors and other role models, perhaps we can continue to chip away at stereotypes that often lead to shame, isolation or, in some cases, even bullying.
We’ve highlighted the issue of allergy and bullying on this blog in the past, including a post by Dr. Maeve O’Connor, a board certified allergist/immunologist, and one about teen star Kenton Duty, who discusses his experiences with food allergies, bullying and his current advocacy work.
Beyond the experts and stars who advocate against bullying, we applaud the work of organizations such as the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE). FARE’s “True Stories” campaign helps by spreading awareness of food allergy bullying and letting victims of bullying know that they’re notRead More