Once again, us celiacs been lumped together with other “picky eaters”.
The above video was from the Kathy Lee and Hoda show a few days ago.
My apologies for the crappy quality, but it’s not nearly as crappy as the quality of the show itself.
Basically, they are talking about people with food restrictions and what a pain in the ass they can be.
And here are the various groups they mention in the same sentence: vegan, people who don’t like dairy, gluten-free, those on Jenny Craig, those on Weight Watchers and those on Nutri-System.
Really folks? You’re comparing those who need to eat gluten-free to stay alive with those who CHOOSE to eat packaged food to lose weight? Really?
I’m sure if precious Cody or Cassidy had celiac disease, Kathie Lee would have a much, much different viewpoint.
The funny thing is, if you watch the entire segment, I agree with a lot of what they say.
People can be a pain in the ass about food. And when you’re invited to a dinner party, it’s not about you.
But then they finish with this nugget…”unless it’s something serious, like a peanut allergy.”
That was it. No mention of why somebody just might be gluten-free.
This is the second Today Show fail in the past two months. It seems like nobody in their cocoon has ever heard of celiac disease.
If I’m the producer of the show, here is what I say to them before the show starts:
Kathie Lee, Hoda…I see you are doing a segment on picky eaters. I understand your approach, but at the same time, there are millions of people who are not gluten-free by choice and we should use our platform to make sure people are aware of that.
So you have two options:
1) You can leave gluten-free eaters off your list.
2) If you insist on labeling gluten-free people as picky eaters, you need to have the decency to just mention celiac disease, like you do the peanut allergy.
But we got nothing.
Ignorance is so ugly. It really is.