“Celiac: The Trendy Disease For Rich White People?”

Interesting reporting from Science2.0.

Are you white and a little resentful that black people get their own cool disease, sickle cell anemia?  There is good news for you. Celiac disease is all the latest rage and you can be any color at all and claim it.

How do you know if you are gluten intolerant?  Elaborate assays?  DNA? At least a blood sample?  Nope, you just have to give up wheat and say you feel better and you are allowed to claim you have it. And proponents have even scarier numbers – they claim 97 percent of the people who have Celiac disease don’t know they have it, so their ranks are really much bigger.

We’ve been asked to do gluten free classes and such, but haven’t done so yet.

Unfortunately, some people really do have Celiac disease, an actual immune disorder – gluten is like poison to them, not an ‘I feel better if I don’t eat a bagel’ issue. Those sufferers are not the laughable 1% suddenly claiming they have Celiac disease, though.  Maybe fashion disease people grew up in the 1990s when teachers wanted all kids to be labeled ADD, or they are the types who go to parties today and determine 80% of other party-goers have Asperger’s.  They are used to having something.  They need it.

This article seems to take a flippant view of gluten issues, but we did find it to be an interesting read and the correlation between left leaning politics and right leaning politics and food issues was rather interesting.

No real shock there.  By itself, that is not evidence, but the people most inclined to have a ‘natural’ fetish tend to invent reasons to justify it, and they can afford it.  Faux Celiac disease is for the agricultural 1% – if you can buy organic food, you can afford gluten-free too.

Hopefully more companies catch on to this public health crisis but some seem to be showing real leadership on the issue.  Chipotle’s must be in a panic, I thought, because that is where the demographic mostly likely to have trendy Celiac disease go for authentic Mexican food.  Nope, they are already aware. Most of their menu is available gluten-free.

I’m tempted to go gluten-free myself.  I am educated, I live in California, I assume I am supposed to be gluten-intolerant like an alarming chunk of middle class white women here are.  Plus, I wouldn’t want to miss out on this health boost the way I missed out on the other big dietary trends that promised to save America, like the Tapeworm Diet or the Macrobiotic Diet or that All Booze Diet.

We all remember how those made us thin and healthy.

So, at the end of it all, I’m not sure where I stand on the gluten free issue… I don’t suppose it matters. Some people feel going plant based is restrictive (it isn’t), but to add gluten free to the mix adds a complication many people don’t need. I know there are many who suffer from celiac disease and they undoubtedly need to go gluten free. However, sometimes the line between true illness and fad can get blurred.

Nevertheless, interesting article, albeit a little on the snarky side. Just our opinion. Your thoughts?

via Celiac: The Trendy Disease For Rich White People.

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  • Winnie

    I realize that you didn’t write this, you copied it from someone else, but by reprinting it you are spreading ignorance. Celiac is nothing to joke about and if you had it, you would understand. And there are blood tests and tissue biopsies for diagnosing it.

    • You are more than correct. My apologies. I revised the post to more correctly reflect my thoughts on the subject. Thanks for bringing this to my attention! — Beth 🙂