At least that's what was suggested on The Doctor's TV Show. You want to save on calories? Well then, just fake a butter allergy. What the heck kind of crappy advice is that? HOW ABOUT BEING HONEST WITH YOUR WAITER????? Tell them you don't want butter on your veggies! Faking an allergy is B.S.
Those of us who have life threatening food allergies have a difficult time being taken seriously by restaurants and wait staff. And these "Doctors" just made it even harder. How many restaurant staff will now think "Oh they're just faking the allergy because they are picky, want to lose weight or are being difficult"?
Thank you very much for making light of food allergies. Would you suggest that someone fake a disability so they could park closer or board the plane earlier? "Get a wheelchair and act like you are paralyzed so you get priority seating". NO ONE IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD EVER SUGGEST THAT. So why is it OK to fake a food allergy? IT'S NOT. People with food allergies could die if they eat something they are allergic to. Last time I checked, death is no joke.
The food allergy community is responding to this ridiculous suggestion and you can go HERE to leave your comment about "faking a butter allergy".
This is what I said:
"I have more of a comment than a question. My son has several life threatening food allergies (wheat, rye, barley, oat, egg, peanut and tree nut). Eating out safely is very difficult for us and we only have a few restaurants that we feel comfortable trusting with our sons well being. Your suggestion of "faking a butter allergy" to save on calories is completely irresponsible. It's hard enough to get people to take food allergies seriously and yet you as doctors make light of it. Thanks for adding to the stigma we already face. People already think we fake food allergies or exaggerate because we are difficult and you all but affirmed that on your show. My son could DIE if he eats certain things. I think you should retract that statement and do a full show on food allergies and the truth behind them and what people who suffer from allergies really have to deal with".
Faking ANY illness, disease or condition is not OK, not for any reason. There are real people who have to deal the consequences of those irresponsible actions.