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Swedish researchers have confirmed an association between celiac disease and anorexia nervosa, a disorder that causes disturbance in the way people view their body weight, prompting unhealthy fear of weight gain. Anorexia typically affects girls during adolescence and young adulthood, although it can occur in men, too. Genetic susceptibility may play a role. Recent genome-wide studies of anorexia indicate the condition shares genetic regions with type 1 diabetes and other autoimmune disorders. The dietary restrictions associated with the gluten-free diet might prompt disturbed eating patterns in susceptible young women, researchers suggested.