Both celiac and anorexia sufferers miss meals
Once a patient finds out she has celiac, and her body has recovered, she may still not eat when she should.
Personally I find myself missing meals for a number of reasons, but weight issues do not normally enter the equation.
Being highly sensitive, the smallest amount of hidden gluten that finds its way into my diet can cause me pain and diarrhea. The stress of worrying that I may have an accident can prevent me from eating breakfast before leaving the house.
In a similar vein, it can be easier to wait until I get home before stopping for a meal. This sometimes results in my evening meal being the only food I eat in a day. Not a healthy way to live!
Although the gluten free diet is by its very nature restricted, it is important to eat a variety of allowed foods. It can be difficult to get the enthusiasm for food when what you are served doesn't look appetizing or is the same as you ate the day before.
It can also be easy to fall into the trap of thinking that food on a gluten free diet takes too long to prepare. If you have to make the bread before you can go and snack on a sandwich it can seem like too much effort.
Fatigue, another symptom I suffer from, can also play a part in the not eating cycle. If you are too tired to cook it is easier to go without. But if you miss a meal the fatigue can get worse, starting a vicious circle.
Missed meals and not eating regularly can be a symptom in both celiac and anorexia but for very different reasons. I hope this article has helped you to understand the difference.
It is important to visit your medical care provider to discover the cause behind any severe weight loss issues.