Gluten Free Essay

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Becky Guertler, Student Number 000211517 (LUT1) Presenter’s Script: Introduction: Would you knowingly starve your children? There are children in America who are starving and are malnourished no matter how much they eat. This is exactly what happens to children and adults affected by Celiac Sprue. Thesis Statement: It is important to understand how Celiac Sprue affects children in order to provide the proper nutrition to them as they grow and to teach them how important it is to choose to eat gluten free foods throughout their lives. Doing so will teach them how to stay healthy from childhood to adulthood. In order to accomplish this, it is important to discuss first, what Celiac Sprue is and how it affects the body and, second, how to encourage children affected by Celiac Sprue to make appropriate food choices. Celiac Sprue is a genetic autoimmune disorder that prevents the proper absorption of nutrients within the body. In 2007, Dr. R. John Presutti estimated that approximately 0.5 to 1 percent of Americans are affected by Celiac Sprue. The National Digestive Disease Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines Celiac Disease as a “digestive disease that damages the small intestine and interferes with the absorption of nutrients from food” (2008, p.1). The result can be a mixture of complications. According to Guandalini and Vallee, if Celiac Disease goes untreated, the patient can develop several complications ranging from osteopenia, osteoporosis or both to infertility in women, short stature, delayed puberty, anemia and even malignancies (mostly related to the GI tract). Children with Celiac Sprue that do not follow a gluten free diet tend to be irritable and generally suffer from symptoms including abdominal bloating and pain, chronic diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, pale,
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