February 20, 2014
Samantha Faiers Weight Loss due to Crohn's Disease
In the past six weeks, Samantha Faiers (star of reality show The Only Way is Essex and recently on Big Brother) has lost over 10 kilograms during a mystery illness. Her inexplicable weight loss and ill health has now been diagnosed as Crohn's Disease, a type of inflammatory bowel disease which is thought to arise from abnormalities in the body's immune system.
Crohn's Disease is a long-term illness that requires constant management through medication and symptom monitoring. A patient will have periods of remission when the disease is not active but during times of aggravation, the patient could experience abdominal pain, weight loss, skin problems, joint pain and fatigue.
The disease can cause serious repercussions to the body but can be difficult to diagnose as the symptoms can mimic those of other bowel disorders. Before Samantha was diagnosed, she was unsure what was causing what she described as the 'sickest she has ever been in her life'.
“My immune system is down so I’m picking up every bug going. My bowels are swollen and so are my intestines. I just couldn’t keep my food down. It was horrible. I lost all the muscle definition in my stomach.”
The 23-year-old will now need to manage her health to ensure she recovers from the aggravated disease. Starting a liquid only diet to allow her bowels to heal, Samantha will need to tailor her diet to the disease.
Daily Mail quoted a source as saying, "at the moment, she is just trying to cope with the excruciating stomach cramps. That has been the most difficult thing. Now, she is working with her gastroenterologist to see if she can work around her illness."
Renowned for her gorgeous curves, the blonde beauty is keen to regain some weight once her health is recovered and does not want women to aspire to her new look. Losing weight due to a severe illness should not be aspirational and a healthy body and mind is and should be your number one priority.