Celebrities With Celiac Disease; See Who Is On The List and Discuss How They Promote Awareness!

Celebrities with celiac disease are excellent sources to raise awareness about CD and the gluten free diet. However, there is an ongoing debate on whether or not celebrities are really helping bring awareness or they are simply trivializing CD or turning a gluten free diet into the latest fad?

Personally I think any awareness about CD is great and because celebrities get the attention of the media, why not have them promote awareness? On the flip side, if celebrities are just switching to a gluten free diet to lose weight or just to look good, then there is a risk that this type of promotion lessens the seriousness of having celiac disease.

One celebrity I think that does a great job in promoting awareness the correct way is Elizabeth Hasselbeck. She has numorous you tube videos and her own book about CD and the gluten free diet.

I believe if celebrities with celiac disease or ones that just follow a gluten free diet want to promote eating gluten free than I think they really need to understand what that really means and more importantly why it is critical for celiacs to follow this type of diet because it is for medical reasons, not to just be a new "trendy" thing to do.

In summary, I welcome celebrities exposure to CD but as long as it is done responsibly and that these celebs really understand the medical reasons why a gluten free diet is critical to people with CD.

Below I have compiled the latest list of celebrities that have claimed to either have celiac disease or chose to eat gluten free for various reasons.

What do you think? Do you think celebrities help or hurt awareness for celiac disease? Click on this link and send us a note and will start a discussion topic on this issue!

**Updated list as of January 2012** First, below is our latest list of celebrities with celiac disease:

Featured celebrity: • Elizabeth Hasselback (“The View”)

Watch her video below!

Other celebrities:

• Chelsea Clinton

• Sarah Joy Brown (Actress on the Bold & The Beautiful)

• Zooey Deschanel (Actress)

• Susie Essman (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”)

• Rich Gannon’s (NFL Quarterback) daughter, Danielle

• Keith Olbermann (“Countdown with Keith Olbermann”)

• Heidi Collins (CNN anchor)

• Jane Swift (Mass. Lieutenant Governor)

• Katherine, Duchess of Kent

• Joe C (Kid Rock’s Friend and Rapper) – Now Deceased

• Mickey Redmon (former pro hockey player, does hockey commentary for Fox Sports Detroit)

• Sarah Vowell (Comedian, Spokesperson, voice of Violet from the movie Incredibles)

• Jennifer Esposito

• Thom Hartmann (Air America Radio)

• Amy Yoder Begley (Competed in Beijing Olympics as a runner)

• Cedric Benson (NFL running back for the Cincinnati Bengals – formerly Chicago Bears, Texas Longhorns)

• Joe Stanton (Cartoonist who draws Batman, Green Lantern, Archie & Scooby-Do)

• Steve from WGN Radi

• Scott Michael Foster (Actor)

• Dean McDermott (Actor)

• Emma Rossum (Actress)

• Novak Djokovic (Professional tennis player)

Celebrities Who Have Been Tied to the Gluten-Free Diet (some for dietary reasons:

• Michelle Wie (Professional Golfer)

• Merideth Viera

• Gwyneth Paltrow

• Bill Clinton

• Drew Brees (NFL Quarterback – Gluten Intolerant but does not have celiac disease)

• Victoria Beckham (Posh Spice)

• Terence Stamp (actor in Star Wars Episode 1)

• Lady Antonia Frasier (noted author of historical novels)

• Amanda Donohoe (actress LA Law)

• Dannii Minogue (pop star/actress/model)

• Dr. Phil’s wife (Robin)

• Goldie Hawn (actress)

• Juliette Lewis (actress)

**Click here to tell us about any people missing from the above lists and we'll add them!

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