Well, actually, I was gaining weight on the gluten diet before I was diagnosed. Most undiagnosed celiacs are underweight, but a smaller percentage have no change, or are overweight. So I'm hoping that I'll lose weight now that I'm on a gluten-free diet.Here
Joseph Murray MD, PhD (summarised by Jim Lyles) describes the widening spectrum of celiac disease. He talks about some of the more atypical symptoms that may not be recognised as celiac.
If you look at the last paragraph
in the Clinical Presentation section, Dr. Murray says that "the presence of obesity... does not discount the possibility of celiac disease".
The real kicker is that I had joined Weight Watchers, lost a lot of weight (I felt great!), then immediately started gaining again. A couple years later I was diagnosed. I'm pretty sure that a gluten diet and weight gain are connected for me.
Changing to the GF diet hasn't actually been that bad. We never ate much pre-prepared food to begin with, and I have never liked baked goods (bread, cakes, cookies, what-have-you). I think I was unconsciously avoiding gluten foods. I've actually been having fun with new flours, grains, and recipes!
I was hoping to find some group for both WW and GF, so even if it's just two of us, it's still better than nothing! Good idea to start a community.
I like your icon too. ^.^