The Kardashian-Jenner clan is reliably revealing about their personal lives. But when Kylie Jenner recently opened up about her daughter’s allergy to nuts, fans and advocates were particularly appreciative.
Food allergies are a growing public health concern. Food allergies among children increased by 50% from 1997 to 2011, and now affect one in 13 children. Complications can range from a runny nose to life-threatening anaphylaxis.
Yet, there is still a pervasive stigma around the issue. In a 2011 study, 31.5% of children surveyed said they were bullied because of their food allergies.
That’s why it’s a big deal when celebrities — like Jenner — help to normalize the issue and educate the public.
“Living with food allergies is very challenging,” Dr. David Stukus, an allergist and immunologist in Columbus, Ohio, told Insider. “Because of their robust platforms, celebrities have the opportunity to spread positive, supportive messaging.”
Read about 18 other famous people who have been vocal about the ways food allergies have impacted their lives.