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Differences in the Prevalence of Obesity in Children With Celiac Disease

Balamtekin, Necati; Baysoy, Gökhan; Demir, Hülya

Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition: June 2011 - Volume 52 - Issue 6 - p 784
doi: 10.1097/MPG.0b013e318212ea29
Letters to the Editor

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.

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1. Venkatasubramani N, Telega G, Werlin SL. Obesity in pediatric celiac disease. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr 2010; 51:295–297.
2. Balamtekin N, Uslu N, Baysoy G, et al. The presentation of celiac disease in 220 Turkish children. Turk J Pediatr 2010; 52:239–244.
3. Baskin ML, Ard J, Franklin F, et al. Prevalence of obesity in the United States. Obes Rev 2005; 6:5–7.
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