'Gluten-Free' Could Be an Excuse for Miley Cyrus' Real Problem (VIDEO)

miley cyrusListen up, people, Miley Cyrus does not have an eating disorder. Sweet niblets! According to a recent tweet from the 19-year-old starlet, she's not starving herself to be skinny:

"For everyone calling me anorexic I have a gluten and lactose allergy. It's not about weight it's about health. Gluten is crapppp anyway!"

She even tweeted a photo of herself with a bag of fast food, inhaling deeply:

"I can't eat it, so I'm just gonna smell the s--- out of it! My mouth is LITERALLY watering."

Okay, I have a little bit of experience with this topic. When I was around Miley's age (hmm, weird coincidence), I was also diagnosed with a "gluten and lactose allergy," which required me to follow the same strict dietary guidelines. And guess what I figured out, fast?

You get pretty damn skinny when you cut all foods containing wheat, barley, rye, and dairy out of your diet. (That's including, but not limited to: most breads, cakes, pies, candies, cereals, cookies, crackers, pastas, sauces [including soy sauce] seasoned snack foods like potato and tortilla chips, pizza, ice cream, yogurt, cheese, and butter.)

Basically, if it's not an apple or doesn't have a label on it that says "gluten-free," you can't eat it. Of course you're going to lose weight -- there are about five foods left that are safe to consume!

Here's the thing: Celiac disease (which causes gluten intolerance) and dairy allergies are absolutely real. But the fact is, lots of girls are using the gluten-free thing as a way to hide eating disorders -- and why not? It's the perfect cover for an anorexic:

"Why don't you ever order anything besides salad?"

"Oh, it's just this crazy gluten-free diet the doctor put me on. Believe me, I'd love to get the rigatoni."

"Whoa, you look like you lost a little too much weight."

"I know, I just can't keep any weight on because of this crazy gluten-free diet."

I'm not saying this is definitely what Miley Cyrus is doing, but I am kind of concerned about how her announcement will validate the disordered eating of young, impressionable fans.


Do you or did you ever know someone with an eating disorder? What kinds of excuses did they give for their behavior?

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jessi... jessicasmom1

it's very possiable she does have troubles with gluten...  I stay away from eating or feeding my family things with gluten  as best as I can.

Roxan... Roxanne71

My mother in law is nearly 70 and she recently self diagnosed herself with a gluten allergy.   She does crazy stuff like that just to get attention.  I have to wonder how many other people, like Miley, have done the same thing.  Don't get me wrong, I know that Celiac is a very real and serious disease and many people have it.  However, there seems to be a spike in the last year or two of people who suddenly claim to have it. 

Jessy Roos

I struggled with anorexia for many years and most of the time I would hide it by eating normally in front of people and skipping meals later and over exercising. I operated under the guise of being naturally skinny and fit because I was on several sports teams.

Celiac is a real disease but there is a certain group of people who claim gluten intolerance without any confirmation from a doctor. Whether or not they use that to disguise an eating disorder, who knows? What I can tell you is that having people call you anorexic (whether it is true or not) and talk about your weight constantly doesn't help anyone. It's the worst kind of gossip and it doesn't do anything but harm people.

nonmember avatar Glassx

"You get pretty damn skinny when you cut all foods containing wheat, barley, rye, and dairy out of your diet. (That's including, but not limited to: most breads, cakes, pies, candies, cereals, cookies, crackers, pastas, sauces [including soy sauce] seasoned snack foods like potato and tortilla chips, pizza, ice cream, yogurt, cheese, and butter.)"

There are gluten and lactose-free versions of these things...

nonmember avatar JustMe

Quote: " I am kind of concerned about how her announcement will validate the disordered eating of young, impressionable fans." So wait... let me get this right... you think she MAY be hiding disordered eating behind a medical diagnosis (which you have no way of knowing if she really WAS diagnosed with) and you WORRY that her MEDICAL claim will "validate" disordered eating in her FANS? What kind of logic is that? How is her having to have a strict diet due to a medical condition have ANY affect on whether or not someone else feels valiated in their OWN eating habits? So if she had said she was diagnosed with Type I diabetes so she has to be very careful what she eats and needs to excersise to keep her sugar stable, would that ALSO validate eating disorders for other people? I. Don't. Understand!

sweet... sweetcherry_59

Justme hit the nail on the head.

shamr... shamrawker

That excuse wouldn't go very far as a child's parents would know the medical history and would know that the kid doesn't have the gluten allergy, and if the parent thinks the kid might, then they can go get it properly diagnosed.

jaxmadre jaxmadre

All humans have an intolerance to gluten, refined sugar, and dairy. We weren't made to digest those foods let alone in the amounts we typically consume them.

Felly... FellyScarlett

Yes, because eating salads is bad.

nonmember avatar sparklemama

It is true that eating disordered individuals oftentimes start their disordered eating patterns by using "safe foods" or cutting out entire food groups/types(i.e., vegan or vegetarianism, gluten-free diet, etc.). However, it is also true that any person, especially a late teen/early 20's active female, who cuts lactose and gluten from their diet will likely lose a noticeable amount of weight at first. It is not fair or tasteful to suggest that those with a true medical condition are in fact utilizing their doctor-prescribed diet as a way to "starve" themselves. Nor is it fair to suggest that an individual suffering from a true eating disorder (also a medical/psychiatric condition) is "using excuses, such as gluten/lactose intolerance" for their behavior.

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