Can People With Undiagnosed Celiac Disease Be Overweight Or Obese?

October 9, 2012 · Filed Under Obesity and Celiac Disease 

People with undiagnosed celiac disease can be overweight or obese. Unfortunately, many doctors are not aware of this fact and may discourage their patients from getting the celiac tests if they are overweight. These doctors believe that people must be thin or emaciated to have this autoimmune disease. This lack of awareness can delay diagnosis and increases the risk of complications.

In an article written by Sonia Kupfer (MD), “Overweight? Obese? Perhaps It’s Celiac Disease” she highlights how people with celiac disease are not always thin. As well, Sonia mentions a study, “High Prevalence of Overweight and Obese Adult Celiac Patients in the Midwestern United States” that gives evidence that people don’t have to be slim or emaciated to have celiac disease.

I’m not surprised. In my practice, I have met so many people who were overweight prior to their diagnosis with celiac disease. Due to the lack of awareness about this, if you are overweight and think you may have celiac disease, you may want to print out this article from the “University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center” and take this evidence to your doctor’s appointment with you.

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One Response to “Can People With Undiagnosed Celiac Disease Be Overweight Or Obese?”

  1. Margaret Linkous on November 25th, 2013 11:46 am

    I have celiac disease. It went undiagnosed until about nine years. I was not a thin child, nor obese. However, my stomach would stick out more than it should.
    Certain foods made me vomit as a child. Low and behold,those foods had gluten in them, of course! By the time I was 18, I had a duodenum ulcer – right at the top of the small intestine, where celiac disease strikes! So, about nine years ago, I couldn’t keep anything down, and lost 25 pounds really fast. My gastro doctor was looking for anything but a celiac disease diagnosis. I saw a pamphlet on it in his office. So I asked him to talk to me about it. He said it was a simple blood test. He did the test to rule it out – but the test was positive. The biopsy followed that & was also positive. I am on a gluten-free diet for life! I feel so much better am writing a gluten-free cookbook! 🙂

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