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Balamtekin, Necati; Baysoy, Gökhan; Demir, Hülya
Hacettepe University Etlik-Ankara, Turkey
To the Editor: We read with great interest the article written by Venkatasubramani et al entitled “Obesity in Pediatric Celiac Disease” (1). In their retrospective study of 143 children with celiac disease, 5% had a body mass index above the 95th percentile at the time of diagnosis. As a result they conclude that obesity is not a rare finding in newly diagnosed celiac patients. We previously reported 220 newly diagnosed celiac patients (7.2 ± 4.3 years) in our center between 2000 and 2008 and found that only 1 patient (0.45%) had a body mass index above the 95th percentile (2). It is well known that obesity is an epidemic in the United States because of the prevalence of fast-food nutrition (3). Therefore, the differences in the prevalence of obesity in celiac disease in different cultures may be related to dietary habits and economic conditions.
Copyright 2011 by ESPGHAN and NASPGHAN
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