5 Female Stars You Didn’t Know Suffer from the Same Awful Health Condition

Going gluten free has been a fad happening around the nation for years. But for some people, keeping gluten out of their diets isn’t an attempt to lose weight or fit in — it’s to keep them healthy, happy and alive.

Whether they’ve been diagnosed with Celiac disease, a digestive and autoimmune disorder that can damage the lining of the small intestine from the consumption of gluten, or simply have an intolerance/allergy to the protein, the following stars have had to make serious lifestyle changes as a result of their medical diagnoses. Here are five female celebrities who are gluten free for medical purposes:

1. Miley Cyrus — In 2012, fans noticed that the “Can’t Be Tamed” singer was significantly slimming down and became concerned about her health and eating habits. After getting frequent accusations of an eating disorder, Miley took to Twitter to reveal what was really happening. She wrote, “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 also told a fan that “everyone should try no gluten for a week” because “the change in your skin, physical and mental health is amazing.” We’re assuming that MiCy still stands by her word and doesn’t consume gluten to this day.

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2. Jessica Simpson — Many people assumed that Jess’ aversion to gluten was a consequence of losing her baby weight, but, as it turns out, the singer and fashionista “cannot properly digest wheat products.” When she does, her stomach becomes inflamed and ulcers form. Ouch!

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3. Victoria Beckham — In order to maintain her slim body, Mrs. David Beckham cut out gluten from her diet. Doesn’t sound like a real medical condition, does it? Well, the former Spice Girl actually found out that her body has a problem breaking down gluten, and that’s why she would gain weight so easily when eating foods that contained it.

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4. Zooey Deschanel — Unlike Miley, Jessica and Victoria, Zooey suffers from Celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that causes the body to attack the small intestine upon ingestion of gluten. Basically, it is a severe aversion to the protein found in wheat, barley and rye — all of which can be found in foods like cake, bread, beer, etc.

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5. Emmy Rossum — Emmy is another actress who suffers from Celiac disease. In an interview with TheWrap, the star admitted that she has been gluten free for 15 years and doesn’t do it because it’s cool but because she has “mild Celiac disease.” Even though she hasn’t had gluten in her diet for well over a decade, the 28 year old still occasionally misses the freedom to eat whatever she wants. In fact, she recently posted a picture of herself smelling a piece of bread because she had FOMG, Fear of Missing Gluten. LOL!

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