VIDEO: Patients with celiac disease report greater dating hesitancy, social anxiety
In this video, Jessica Lebovits, RD, CDN, discusses research that revealed many patients with celiac disease experience negative effects on their dating life, resulting in less adaptive eating attitudes and decreased quality of life.
“We found that the majority of our participants reported that celiac disease did have a major or moderate impact on their dating life. ... Nearly half admitted that they were hesitant to even go on dates because of their celiac disease,” Lebovits, a clinical dietitian at the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University, said. “We also found that dating posed obstacles to compliance with the gluten-free diet. While on dates, about 38% were uncomfortable explaining precautions to waiters in front of their date, about 28% engaged in riskier eating behaviors on a date and 7.5% admitted to intentionally consuming gluten while on a date.”