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Celiac Disease Screening Among a Large Cohort of Overweight/Obese Children

Celiac.com 03/10/2015 - Up to now, celiac disease has been described only in sporadic cases of obesity. A research team recently set out to evaluate retrospectively celiac disease rates in a large group of overweight/obese children and adolescents.

Photo: CC--GaulsstinThe research team included Raffaella Nenna, Antonella Mosca, Maurizio Mennini, Raffaele E. Papa, Laura Petrarca, Roberta Mercurio, Monica Montuori, Alessandra Piedimonte, Maria Bavastrelli, Ilaria C. De Lucia, Margherita Bonamico, and Andrea Vania.

For their study, the team consecutively evaluated 1,527 overweight/obese children and adolescents, 10 girls and 7 boys had positive celiac serology and showed villous atrophy.

All celiac patients immediately began a well-balanced gluten-free diet, and rapid weight loss followed.

The study shows that celiac rates in overweight/obese children are similar to rates in the general Italian pediatric population, and that those children benefit from proper diagnosis and a healthy gluten-free diet.

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