Miley Cyrus has been looking much leaner these days -- one might even say she's runway-model slim. Predictably, with a young female celebrity’s weight loss, comes internet rumors about an eating disorder.
It didn’t help that the 19-year-old tweeted a photo of herself on Sunday deeply inhaling the contents of a Carl's Jr. takeout bag, writing, "I can't eat it. So I'm just gonna smell the (bleep) out of it! My mouth is LITERALLY watering."
The media instantly pounced, and fans grew concerned. So on Monday, Cyrus took to Twitter to explain why she couldn't eat the great-smelling fast food: she's allergic to it, not dieting or starving herself.
"For everyone calling me anorexic," she wrote, "I have a gluten and lactose allergy. It's not about weight it's about health. Gluten is crapppp anyway!" She added: “Everyone should try no gluten for a week. The change in your skin, physical and mental health is amazing! U won’t go back!"
Lactose intolerance means the body cannot easily digest lactose, a type of natural sugar found in milk and dairy products. When these products are ingested, they can cause gas, belly pain and bloating.
A gluten allergy, meanwhile, could be symptomatic of celiac disease and involves the avoidance of wheaty foods such as breads, crackers, muffins, pasta, pizza, cakes and pies. There are several dangers from gluten intolerance: the inability to get nutrients from food; a red, raised rash on the body; vomiting; diarrhea and bloating.
The anti-gluten craze continues: The View co-host Elizabeth Hasselbeck is on a gluten-free diet and published a cookbook called Deliciously G-Free. And U.S. sales of gluten-free foods hit $2.3 billion in 2010, more than twice the sales in 2006, according to a market research firm, Packaged Facts. (The group surveyed 277 consumers of gluten-free products in 2010, and nearly half of respondents said they perceived themselves as "generally healthier.")
It should be noted that a genetic test is necessary to accurately determine if a person has the DQ2 or DQ8 genes considered necessary to develop celiac disease.
We could definitely get with Cyrus' no gluten/lactose diet for a few weeks, just to see if it makes a difference in how we feel. But we're not so sure about that giant dream catcher tattoo on her ribcage.