Food Allergies Essay

1419 Words6 Pages
In the United States, over three million people are diagnosed with food allergies every year, and over 50 million people have an allergy to some type of food. This number includes one in every 13 children. Most people are born with their allergies; however, allergies can develop at any age, and that is what happened to me. I developed an allergy when I was 14 years old. It was then that some troubling and deleterious side effects started happening to me. When people develop food allergies, their immune systems overreact to normally harmless food proteins. (foodallergy.org). These attacks can affect people in a multitude of ways; they can cause hives, difficulty in breathing, stomach aches, and many more symptoms. Developing allergies that people are unaware of can be very scary and dramatically life changing. Some of the effects that allergies can cause can be troubling and they might happen multiple times before…show more content…
When I first started going gluten free I did not know much about it. I stuck to mostly naturally gluten free foods such as fruits, vegetables, and meat. Even though the gluten free diet did help me be able to find foods to eat, I still experienced some other scary symptoms due to my weight loss. During this time, I was a member of a synchronized ice skating team at the University of Delaware. During one practice, my team and I were in the middle of our program when I completely blacked out. I had felt like this before, but it was never this bad. It was unnerving and dangerous. All I could see were shades of gray and black, like the static on a TV. My hearing was completely muffled, and I started feeling very dizzy. When this happened, I blindly skated over to the boards to go sit down. My coaches were not happy when this occurred. Later that day, they talked to my mom and told her that if this continued to happen to me that I would not be able to skate. This lead to yet another
Open Document