The results of July’s Gluten Free Health Poll are in. The emotional side effect of being a Coeliac is often not discussed. You told us in our recent poll that the two biggest challenges for you emotionally in dealing with Coeliac Disease were:
- 32% - Fear of eating out (being of being glutened) e.g. due to incorrect labelling, lack of staff training, cross contamination with gluten foods
- 24% - Alienation and Loss (feeling the odd one out) e.g. especially at work and social occasions where food is involved
We thought these were really interesting findings and reflected what we had suspected.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
So we recommend that more of you continue to ask and email companies to create more gluten free choices so that eating out gluten free becomes as normal as eating out as a vegetarian. Perhaps then the score on ‘alienation’ will also be lower.
Here’s a selection of comments from our Guerrilla Health Forum:
What do you think? Is there anything in our poll that surprised you? Do you relate to some of these comments more than others?