Lewis J. Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic. Despite these differences, however, our data taken in the context of these studies suggest that low BMI is no longer a dominant characteristic of adult CD especially in quiescent disease. Canedo J. Conclusions: Overweight was common in out-patients with CD and appeared to reflect current wellness, older age and sedentary lifestyles.
Treasa Nic Suibhne, Tara C. Background and aims: Obesity and overweight are major public health issues. Although traditionally associated with weight loss, there is now evidence that increasing Body Mass Index BMI and overweight are emerging features of Crohn’s disease CD and may be associated with more severe disease course. The aim of the study was to determine the prevalence of overweight and obesity in patients with CD compared with matched healthy controls and to identify disease-specific and generic factors associated with current BMI in this group. On regression analysis, higher current BMI was significantly associated with disease specific factors, namely lower disease activity CDAI and lower white cell count, suggesting stable disease, as well as older age and lower physical activity. BMI was not significantly associated with the need for surgery or the need for corticosteroids. Conclusions: Overweight was common in out-patients with CD and appeared to reflect current wellness, older age and sedentary lifestyles. Obesity and overweight are major public health issues in Western populations.
Crohn’s disease causes chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. While many people experience weight loss as a symptom of the disease, Crohn’s produces different symptoms in different people. Because of the effect Crohn’s has on the digestive system, losing weight may be more difficult and more risky in those with the disease than in the general population. Severe cases may prevent absorption of sufficient vitamins and minerals to ensure adequate nutrition. This makes it essential that the foods you eat are nutritionally rich and that you take all supplements as directed by your health care provider to prevent deficiency. Speak with your doctor before restricting your caloric intake.