At this stage of life, nutritional requirements are really high in order to cover all the changes that will happen on our body along these years. Therefore, the importance of following a strict gluten free diet is essential for a good development of the organism. Besides of being celiac or not, it is important to keep promoting good eating habits.
At this age, it is common to omit meals (especially breakfast), to eat between meals, to be influenced by others’ opinion, to be concerned about body appearance – in consequence, to adopt stupid habits and behaviors to maintain or reduce weight, breaking or skipping the gluten free diet. Besides, due to social matters or because of studies, youngsters eat more often out of home, making it easier for them not to follow the diet properly. This does not mean they should eat at home and they hang out with friends… not at all! If possible, should be totally the opposite, and Parents should encourage them to eat out, but without eating gluten.
Celiac disease symptoms during adolescence can be:
- Short height.
- Abdominal pain.
- Bloated belly.
- Delayed entry into puberty and the first period.