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.
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.