In 1994 I was diagnosed with celiac disease, which led me to create Celiac.com in 1995. I created this site for a single purpose: To help as many people as possible with celiac disease get diagnosed so they can begin to live happy, healthy gluten-free lives. Celiac.com was the first site on the Internet dedicated solely to celiac disease, and since then it has become an invaluable resource to people worldwide who seek information about celiac disease and the gluten-free diet.
In 1998 I created The Gluten-Free Mall, Your Special Diet Superstore! which was also another Internet first—it was the first gluten-free food site to offer a shopping cart-style interface, and the ability for people to order gluten-free products manufactured by many different companies at a single Web site.
I am also co-author of the book Cereal Killers, and founder and publisher of Journal of Gluten Sensitivity.
A study on body mass has been done by Dr. William Dickey WilDickey@aol.com, which was recently published in the British Medical Journal. Dickey W, Bodkin S. - Prospective Study of Body Mass Index in Patients with Coeliac Disease, British Medical Journal 1998: 317: 1290 (November 7 issue).
Summary: Body mass index (BMI) was calculated in 50 newly diagnosed adult coeliac patients. Only 11 (22%) were underweight (BMI <20) while 17 (34%) were overweight (BMI 25 or over). Of 15 men in the series, only one (7%) was underweight, with 10 (67%) overweight. Only a minority of patients fit the obviously malnourished stereotype and the possibility of coeliac disease should not be discounted if the patient is overweight.