Body mass index and the risk of obesity in coeliac disease treated with the gluten-free diet

Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 03/16/2012

Individuals with coeliac disease have lower body mass index (BMI) than the regional population at diagnosis. BMI increases on the gluten–free diet (GFD), especially in those that adhere closely to the GFD. On the GFD, 15.8% of patients move from a normal or low BMI class into an overweight BMI class, and 22% of patients overweight at diagnosis gain weight. These results indicate that weight maintenance counselling should be an integral part of coeliac dietary education.

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