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    More Celebrities Go Gluten-free: Guess Who?

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    Celiac.com 03/21/2012 - What do Zooey Deschanel, Keith Olbermann and Billy Bob Thornton have in common with tennis stars Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray? They are all eating gluten-free.

    Photo: CC-breezy421Cases of celiac disease have quadrupled in the past 60 years, according to recent research. As the number of people diagnosed with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity continues to rise, so, too, does the of celebrities who avoid gluten due to celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity.

    It's not just major athletes, like tennis stars Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, for whom sporting success requires peak conditioning and efficient nutritional uptake.

    The number Hollywood A-listers and other celebrities who have hoisted the gluten-free flag is rising, as well, and many are singing the praises of their gluten-free diet. Novak Djokovic, for example, credits his switch to a gluten-free diet to his rise to the top of his game, and near dominance in pro tennis events over the last year.

    A partial list of some noteworthy celebrities and athletes who reportedly follow a gluten-free diet due to celiac disease, gluten-intolerance, or other reasons include:
    pro quarterback Drew Brees, news anchor Heidi Collins, Katherine, Dutchess of Kent, news host Keith Olbermann, actor and writer Billie Bob Thornton, author Sarah Vowell, and actresses Zooey Deschanel, Susie Essman, Jennifer Esposito, Goldie Hahn, Gwyneth Paltrow, Emily Rossum, and Rachel Weisz.

    Let's not forget that first-daughter emeritus Chelsea Clinton's gluten-free wedding cake made quite a splash.

    So, with the growing awareness of celiac disease, and a rising interest in all things gluten-free, count on seeing more gluten-free celebrities and athletes in the news.

    And, before you roll your eyes, remember that increased awareness of celiac disease and the gluten-free diet are both upsides of high-profile athletes and celebrities touting a gluten-free diet.


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    How many of the celebs are gluten-free because of celiac disease and how many are just fad gluten-free dieters try to be cool or fashionable?

    From the perspective of bringing more attention to this issue, it really doesn't matter does it? In this case I believe that any publicity is good publicity.

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    How many of the celebs are gluten-free because of celiac disease and how many are just fad gluten-free dieters try to be cool or fashionable?

    Yes, who cares? The celebs may help to get the message out much quicker than we can...

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    Emmy Rossum is celiac. She was the young actress & singer in Phantom of the Opera 2004.

     

    I don't care if "famous" people go gluten-free for health or fad reasons. As long as there is good publicity, the more foods & recipes become available to all gluten-free people and the safer it becomes for us to eat out!

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    I'm very surprised celiac.com would promote this kind of stuff on their site. Celebrities going gluten free does not help our cause. It just diminishes it.

    The publicity that a single celebrity can bring to this disease and diet can't be matched by all the support groups combined. Elisabeth Hasselbeck, for example, likely caused more people to become aware of this diet than all my work over the last 15 years...so why is that a bad thing?

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    It is a serious issue, if people believe it is just for fad purposes it leaves us true sufferers at risk because people won't take the needed precautions to keep us safe. I have heard it said "so and so is on a gluten free diet, and they are not as strict as you" they don't have celiac disease that is why they aren't as strict.

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    It is a serious issue, if people believe it is just for fad purposes it leaves us true sufferers at risk because people won't take the needed precautions to keep us safe. I have heard it said "so and so is on a gluten free diet, and they are not as strict as you" they don't have celiac disease that is why they aren't as strict.

    I believe that the less people who know about this the more you are at risk--celebrities are bringing a huge awareness to celiac disease and the gluten-free diet, which makes you less at risk.

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    The publicity that a single celebrity can bring to this disease and diet can't be matched by all the support groups combined. Elisabeth Hasselbeck, for example, likely caused more people to become aware of this diet than all my work over the last 15 years...so why is that a bad thing?

    Because "going gluten free" is not the cause we want to promote. Being an advocate for celiac is what's important. Who cares what celebrities are gluten free if they don't have celiac disease? It's a tabloid headline that perpetuates the myth that going gluten free is cool.

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    Because "going gluten free" is not the cause we want to promote. Being an advocate for celiac is what's important. Who cares what celebrities are gluten free if they don't have celiac disease? It's a tabloid headline that perpetuates the myth that going gluten free is cool.

    I glad you know the cause I want to promote Gluten Dude. I have an idea, your promote your cause your way, and I'll do the same...how does that sound?

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    Jefferson Adams is Celiac.com's senior writer and Digital Content Director. He earned his B.A. and M.F.A. at Arizona State University, and has authored more than 2,000 articles on celiac disease. His coursework includes studies in science, scientific methodology, biology, anatomy, medicine, logic, and advanced research. He previously served as SF Health News Examiner for Examiner.com, and devised health and medical content for Sharecare.com. Jefferson has spoken about celiac disease to the media, including an appearance on the KQED radio show Forum, and is the editor of the book "Cereal Killers" by Scott Adams and Ron Hoggan, Ed.D.

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