When celiac disease is 'in' and peanut allergy is 'out'

Saturday, January 9, 2010

It is with dismay and disappointment that we read the Jan. 1 Style section's "The List," the latest installment of an annual compendium of what's "in" and what's "out," which declared peanut allergies to be "out."

While fully understanding that this list is meant to be lighthearted and taken with amusement, we find it disheartening that the writers at The Post chose to be so cavalier in including a potentially life-threatening medical condition such as a peanut allergy on a list that was otherwise filled with pop culture references.

The rise in the number of children with food allergies has been documented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to the CDC, one of out every 25 children has a food allergy, up 18 percent between 1997 and 2007.

A peanut allergy is most certainly not a fad to be categorized as "in" or "out." It is unfortunate that an institution as venerable as The Post chose to treat it so lightly.

Julia Bradsher, Fairfax

The writer is chief executive officer of the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network.


Imagine my delight to discover celiac disease on the "in" side of "The List" for 2010. As a lifelong but only recently diagnosed sufferer of celiac disease, I was elated to learn that I am finally part of a group that is "in." Having never been particularly high-profile during my school years, I now have an entire year to revel in my newfound status.

When I received my diagnosis two years ago, I didn't realize what a gift it would turn out to be. My symptoms, which are legion, qualify me as a member of an elite part of society -- at least for the duration of 2010. Thank you, Washington Post, for making the pain, anxiety and higher risk for life-threatening conditions such as pancreatic cancer totally worth it. It's going to be my happiest gluten-free year yet.

Annette W. Gorey,


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