I am a fat Celiac! It is so funny to see the look on some people’s faces when they see the size of me and I am telling them I have Celiac Disease.
One of the things, I think that kept my doctor from thinking I had Celiac disease, is the fact that I am overweight. Most doctors won’t even look for Celiac if you are heavy because it has always been believed that Celiacs are underweight due to varying degrees of malnutrition.
The reality is that about 30% of Celiacs are in the obese range when they are diagnosed.
Now in my case, I had been misdiagnosed with Bi-polar disorder and put on Zyprexa (an anti-psychotic drug) The Zyprexa caused me to gain a lot of weight. Prior to taking it, I was always alarmingly thin.
In other cases it is theorized that because the body is not able to absorb the nutrients it requires, it stores whatever fat it does absorb. (Your body’s way of guarding against starvation)
Because everyone is different, there are many reasons for obesity in both the Celiac and the non Celiac populations.
It is important to note that many of these obese Celiac patients can still have typical symptoms such as diarrhea but because they are overweight, doctors tent to look to other causes for the diarrhea.
The biggest issue for the heavy Celiac is the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This can be a real problem because the gluten free diet often involves foods that tend to raise the blood glucose levels.
If you have Celiac and type 2 diabetes, you really need to talk to a registered dietician in order to learn to eat a healthy balanced diet. It really isn’t that difficult once you learn how foods affect your body.
If you are obese, you know you need to lose weight. To lose weight, there are no quick cures or easy remedies. It takes determination and hard work, but it is one of the most rewarding things you can do. Once you start to lose, you start to look better and feel better and because you look and feel better, you get encouraged to lose more weight which makes you look and feel better! See the trend!
The keys to losing weight are:
Do not try to lose a lot of weight in a short time – it will not stay off.
Exercise, exercise, exercise! (Don’t go nuts right away. Start off with a little bit of exercise and work your way up to heavy exercise over a long period of time. We don’t want any heart attacks)
Eat several SMALL meals per day. These meals need to be balanced. I use the Canada Food Guide – it is tried and true.
Be sure to include lots of fibre.
Join a group or club (Or start one) It is always easier, if there is a bit of friendly competition and encouragement. If you can’t find a group, leave me a comment and I will be your weight loss buddy.
Of course I am not a medical professional. These are my opinions and observations only.