Skinny and Crohns

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   Posted 4/26/2009 7:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone, I hope your week
end went well and that you are having nice weather!   I havent written in a while becuse I am haveing my tests done but havent found out anything.  I have a question, can you be fat and still have Crons? I have been heavy my whole life, and even though I have stomach pain and Diareah, my husband says all people who have chrons are skinny and I shouldnt be fat if I have it.  My mom has chrons and she is skinny but a huge stomach. I look like my normal self, im not sure if its becuse my symptoms just started or what.  He wants me to get my ovarys checked out becuse stomach swelling  and  pain and diahreah can be becuse of this, the doctor is thinking I have Chrons but isnt sure yet, he says this becuse my mom has it. However my husband says no way becuse I am still fat. Can you be heavy and have Chron's?
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   Posted 4/26/2009 7:39 PM (GMT -7)   
There are plenty of heavy people with Crohn's. There is nothing anywhere that states you have to be skinny to have Crohn's...although it is very likely that weight loss will occur here and there.
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
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Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Diet almost completely without refined sugars, wheat, flour, gluten, high lactose dairy, and/or junk food in general.
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   Posted 4/26/2009 7:44 PM (GMT -7)   
around 300 lbs, about six feet tall, and a crohns disease activity index over 500... so yes you can be fat and have severe crohns.
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   Posted 4/26/2009 8:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Sweetlady28 said...
I have a question, can you be fat and still have Crons? I have been heavy my whole life, and even though I have stomach pain and Diareah, my husband says all people who have chrons are skinny and I shouldnt be fat if I have it. Can you be heavy and have Chron's?

It's entirely possible. In fact, it took over 2 years for me to get a diagnosis because I gained weight instead of losing it. Now that I'm being treated, the weight is coming off. It's my understanding that it's not as common, but yes, it is possible.

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   Posted 4/27/2009 5:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I lost about 45 lbs last year prior to being diagnosed but am still overweight, so you can definitely be heavy and have Crohn's.

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   Posted 4/27/2009 6:40 AM (GMT -7)   

I have moderate to severe crohns. Despite my crohns currently been under control I go to the loo approx 7 - 10 times per day.

I am about 4 stone overweight. I never lose weight because of a crohns flare up.

Lots of people will try to tell you that skinny people cant have crohns but thats just rubbish.


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   Posted 5/14/2009 4:32 AM (GMT -7)   

I've just come across this thread and it has answered one of my questions - that you don't have to be skinny to have CD.  I LOVE this site!!!  :-)

I haven't had any of the 'usual' symptoms. I'm overweight and have been for some years and put it down to age (44), underactive thyroid and work/life balance not being great. Not helped by me being able to eat curries, chips, pizzas with no ill effects but bad D when I eat wholemeal/bran stuff. After recent hospital stay (resection) I lost over 16 lbs and really want to keep it off and possibly lose more. I've stopped smoking since then too (didn't know it was really bad for CD) so want to do that healthy living thing a bit more.

Am I wasting my time trying to 'diet' to keep the weight off/lose more? do you really think it's something to do with Crohn's? I'm not on any medication except for thyroid which has been stable for ages until after surgery recently.

Penny x

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   Posted 5/14/2009 8:02 AM (GMT -7)   
In the four months prior to my diagnosis, I lost 15 pounds without trying. Mainly b/c I couldn't eat very much do to a blockage. I was a little overweight to begin with. After my emergency bowel resection, I lost another 15 pounds, so I was down 30 pounds, and while I was in the normal weight range then, I looked small and frail. A month after my surgery, I began walking on my treadmill and eventually got up to jogging/running on it. I felt great! And I looked great, too! I eventually settled at a weight about 10 pounds up from what I'd lost, and still felt great. When I got pregnant, my exercise slowed considerably and my weight crept back up. Nursing got me back to a comfortable weight/size within about 4 mos. But I didn't really get back on my exercise kick. So, it is possible to be overweight and have Crohn's and it is also possible to lose weight, exercise and keep it within comfortable range.
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