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Jimmy Kimmel Skewers Clueless Gluten-free Dieters

Celiac.com 05/13/2014 - Overall, increased awareness of celiac disease and gluten intolerance has been a good thing, right?

Image: Wikimedia CommonsGenerally, more people are being diagnosed, and gluten-free food options are more numerous and more widely available than ever before.

However, all this awareness has succeeded in drawing a number of people into voluntary gluten-free dieting, often with mixed results.

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Late night television host Jimmy Kimmel recently sent a camera crew out to a local exercise spot to ask people if they were following a gluten-free diet, and to find out if they actually knew what gluten was.

What he found was a bunch of supposedly gluten-free dieters, who were almost totally clueless about gluten, giving answers that would make most celiac patients cringe. He also got a few good laughs.

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Charlie
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14 May 2014 10:06:07 AM PDT
Why has no one commented on this yet? Jimmy Kimmel said he was "annoyed" by those with gluten intolerance/medical condition. Why is it acceptable to bash someone for having an illness such as celiac disease or gluten intolerance? No one bashes people for having cancer. Jimmy Kimmel should apologize to the entire celiac community for such an outlandish and nasty comment.

 
fred
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17 May 2014 7:09:53 AM PDT
It was a joke. He is a comedian. You are extremely sensitive.

 
jill rosenlund
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19 May 2014 2:52:32 AM PDT
Charlie / I completely agree. Why is gluten intolerance or coeliac disease supposed to be hilariously funny and only something that hypochondriacs obsess about. At least most of these people showed some awareness of what foods contain gluten, I do not see that it matters much if they cannot give a scientific definition. I do hope Jefferson Adams contacts the program and asks for a right of reply and skewers the Fallon ignorance and smugness.

 
Susie
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19 May 2014 5:10:58 AM PDT
I agree with Charlie! This kind of publicity keeps making it harder to be taken seriously!!

 
Olinda Paul
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19 May 2014 10:37:17 AM PDT
Get over yourself as he was just trying to be funny, I have been GF for over 18 years.

 
AJ

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20 May 2014 7:50:10 AM PDT
I agree with you Charlie - this is no 'joke' to those who have the slightest crumb and get very, very ill. Everyone is affected differently, but I wouldn't wish those cramps and the pain on my worst enemy.

 
Sharon
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20 May 2014 3:00:09 PM PDT
I agree that it was insensitive. I had a server use the same word when I was trying to order a salad without gluten. She actually said to me any salad could be made gluten free, it's just annoying. Granted, she was 17 years old, but I still gave her a tongue lashing! So sorry that my disease annoys you Jimmy. HAVING the disease is what's annoying and people should be kinder. Jokes about it bother me.

 
Luann
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19 May 2014 10:32:39 AM PDT
Excellent article!! I have been gluten free with celiac for over 20 years and I could NOT define gluten if I had to. Of course I know I cannot eat wheat, oats, flour or barley but I could not define WHY! It is hysterical and we should be happy these people are making the gluten free products become more available to those of us that need it!!

 
Dawn
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19 May 2014 11:34:15 AM PDT
I think this I hysterical! I have celiac disease and have known since the beginning that it is the protein in wheat, rye, and barley that attacks my intestines. But I did a tremendous amount of research so I could understand it. Why is Kimmel annoyed with those with the disease? And why do people automatically adopt a diet they can't explain? That's funny!

 
Kelly
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19 May 2014 6:43:18 PM PDT
He's no more annoyed than I am. I've been on this diet for 13 years and wish I didn't have to be. The thing that annoys me most is how my diet needs affect others in restaurants, at cookouts, and at any social occasion. I don't like to be the center of attention for this reason because its annoying to myself and others.

 
tigershark29
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19 May 2014 7:31:33 PM PDT
Love it because it proves how clueless and idiotic the general public is about jumping on the "gluten free" bandwagon. I never expect anyone to cater to my individual needs. I just love watching people make fools of themselves!

 
Chris Fsotel
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20 May 2014 5:55:54 AM PDT
I am gluten-free for medical reasons. I understand that Fallon is a comedian, but laughing at medical issues is beyond even my usually high level of tolerance of other people's ignorance and insensitivity. True there are a lot of people who do not understand gluten sensitivity, laugh at them. Do not look for laughs at the expense of those who are sick with what can be a life threatening illness.

For those who don't know gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. In some people the protein triggers an allergic reactions that destroys the cilia in the intestines -- a disease known as celiac disease; named for Celia who first described the disease accurately around 800 BC. Unfortunately, scientists only discovered the cause of celiac disease around 1995. My father might not have died when a was 13 years old had there been more of an understanding in 1964. The result is a range of reactions including cramping, diarrhea, flatulence, bloating, nausea. Currently the only way to reliably diagnose the disease and identify who is allergic to gluten is to wait for the symptoms to drive a person to a doctor. The pain can range from mild to completely debilitating and the need to find a rest room in a hurry can be humiliating and failing to find one can be very nasty. Since the intestine is not working correctly, severe celiac disease can lead to starvation no matter how much food you eat. In the long run the disease, no matter how mild or severe, can lead to greatly increased risk of intestinal and colon cancer and premature death.

I also love pizza and fried chicken and beer. I would love to sit down with Jimmy Fallon an have a gluten pig out. But, he must stay in the same room with me to discover the results of my eating gluten. He will know within the hour that I am not joking when I say I must eat a gluten free diet for my comfort and the comfort of anyone near me.

Quite a laughable situation no matter how 'sensitive' you are, don't you think?

 
Cindy
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20 May 2014 11:03:34 AM PDT
Sometimes I get irritated with my friends when they ask me stupid questions. "Can you eat potatoes or meat?". I just want to get sarcastic and say is there wheat in potatoes or meat? But I don't. I had one person who said she was going to go gluten free and then asked me what it was.

 
Jean Mascarenhas
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20 May 2014 11:45:02 AM PDT
You and many others in these reviews are confusing Jimmy Kimmel on whose show this was aired with Jimmy Fallon who is a different comedian!
Agree that there is no need to be so sensitive. It is COMEDY! And funny that so many people without reason nor any knowledge of what it is, go on a GF diet. Just a Fad.
Gluten is the protein gliadin found in grains like wheat, rye, barley. There is still research being done to on oats as it may just be the fact that it is contaminated, so may be okay to have non GF oats but it is still being debated.

 
Terri
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21 May 2014 5:46:03 PM PDT
I have been GF for 10 years. Jimmy Kimmel is a funny man and his sketch made me laugh. Why have we as a society become so sensitive? Loosen up, laugh at yourself. Don't take things so seriously. We're all in this together!

 
Jacqie
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26 May 2014 1:50:37 PM PDT
I don't mind this at all. People who have jumped on the "gluten free" bandwagon because it's the news "diet craze" are making my celiac life so much more difficult. They SHOULD be ridiculed for having no idea what they are doing. At least understand it! When I go into restaurants now, I have to be more specific than ever before, since I encounter so many "gluten free menus." My standard pitch now is "I have celiac disease. I must have gluten free food. This is not a lifestyle choice." The servers are clueless and I have to ask to speak to the manager. Still, I get glutened more often than not. So thanks for making my serious food disability into a dismissible fad. That's. Just. Great. Morons.

 
Teresa
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31 May 2014 9:59:09 PM PDT
I'm dittoing Jacquie's remarks. She captured my sentiments exactly.




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I would not worry. Things might resolve on the gluten free diet as celiac disease does impact fertility in many ways. I hit perimenopause at 40. It lasted over a decade (the range of years varies from person to person) and I experienced every single perimenopause symptom (on and off) in the book. I was diagnosed with celiac disease after I went though menopause because of anemia that would not resolve. You could ask your GP/PCP to order a hormonal panel (include thyroid) if you see him/her sooner. This will let you know if you are starting perimenopause. My Mom breezed through menopause. Not me!!!!!

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Yeah, I was pretty surprised. However, lots and lots of fantastic wine and gin. Even the house wine at a pub is going to be a nice French or Spanish something. Also drank a lot of port. And they take their gin super seriously there, some really good stuff. The closest I got to having a beer was trying some gin distilled from geuze (wild-fermented beer). Very nice. Make up for the lack of beer by eating all the fries.

This sounds familiar. Does the pain feel like its actually in your ribs, sore when you press on it? It could be costochondritis, which is inflammation of the cartilage between your ribs. It seems to be one of those weird things that tends to affect celiacs, could be a symptom of glutening or brought on by something else. I had a bad case of it a few months after going gluten free. Started as just a weird ache, and one morning it felt like I was being stabbed. Spent all day in emergency while they ruled out heart issues. Anti-inflamatories helped and it went away after a few days. Never came back that bad again. It could also just be heartburn-type symptoms triggered by gluten. I would see a doctor though, because you want to rule out whether its your heart or something. You're still early in your healing process, so not only are you probably not an expert at the gluten-free diet yet, but your body is readjusting to the new reality and doing all kinds of weird stuff. Hopefully this will resolve soon and not be a regular occurrence. It would only have a connection to your bowel issues in that it could be yet another fun affect of Celiac disease. Good luck and feel better soon!