Center for Celiac Disease

Teens and Growing Up

CHOP patients with celiac disease talk about the disease, being gluten-free and growing up

Pierson“The hardest thing is lunch at school. Because everybody wants to offer you stuff and you have to explain to them why you can’t eat certain things. When I’m out with my friends on the weekends, sometimes I’ll just say I’m not hungry so I don’t have to deal with the questions.”

— Pierson, 16


Joan“Sometimes, it’s watching other kids eat the food you can’t have. Or when they offer it to you and you really, really want it but you have to say no. That can be upsetting or irritating but you get used to it eventually.”

— Joan, 14


Taylor“Going to sleep overs. Because a lot of friends have food with flour in it that I can’t have.”

— Taylor, 13


Helen“Usually I’m always out with friends and they all want to eat pizza or that kind of stuff. I can’t eat that so if I’m hungry, I’ll get a salad or something like that. My friends all know I have celiac so it’s not a big deal when I eat something different than they are.”

— Helen, 16


Reviewed by: Center for Celiac Disease
Date: February 2013

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