Current Coeliac Disease Research

Coeliac Buffet Photo 1Living with Coeliac Disease can be challenging, and can have an impact on the whole family. Clinical psychologists and researchers at the University of Birmingham have created two DVDs; one for children with coeliac disease and the other for parents of children with coeliac disease.

‘Gut Feelings’ explains what coeliac disease is and provides children with the skills and confidence needed to manage their coeliac disease. The second DVD, ‘Parenting Gut Feelings’, offers advice to parents on how to support their children in how to manage the gluten-free diet and live with coeliac disease.

The DVDs are being sold on Amazon and all profits will be invested straight back into coeliac disease research. Please follow the links below for more information.

‘Gut Feelings’

‘Parenting Gut   Feelings’

Current Coeliac Disease Research

The need for daily dietary management may put individuals with coeliac disease at risk of disordered eating practices. Our current research is looking into the relationship between disordered eating and coeliac disease.

After conducting a series of questionnaires completed by individuals with coeliac disease, we found that disordered eating was greater in this group compared to people without coeliac disease. Our results suggested that there are three types of people with coeliac disease:

  • the majority of people manage to cope with their gluten-free diet well and display typical eating practices,
  • a smaller group of people are very distressed about their coeliac disease and engage in binge-eating behaviours,
  • the last group find it difficult to manage their gluten-free diet, experience a lot of coeliac symptoms and display a restrictive eating pattern.

We recognise that the majority of individuals with coeliac disease will not develop disordered eating patterns. However, it is important to understand the nature of disordered eating practices within this group, how they may relate to dietary self-care and how they may be detected in clinical practice.

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