Maintaining a healthy body weight can be a challenge when you have Crohn’s disease.
Although food doesn’t cause the inflammation and tissue damage at the root of Crohn’s disease, people associate eating with flare-ups and often avoid food to prevent further discomfort.
Skipping meals may provide some relief, but the need for nourishment, especially adequate calories, can’t be ignored. Malnutrition and unexplained weight loss are very common in many people with Crohn’s.
For these and other reasons, you should always try to work with a dietitian to create a diet plan that works for you.
Treatment should also include regular monitoring of body weight and other tests, as needed, to determine if you’re experiencing any nutritional deficiencies.
Every person’s needs are different, which is why it’s important to work closely with your healthcare team to create an individualized dietary plan.