Miss Universe Harnaaz Sandhu Suffers From Celiac Disease, Gains Weight 3 Months After Being Crowned

21-year-old Harnaaz Sandhu suffers from an auto immune disorder which triggers when a person eats gluten.

Tanya Malik
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Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu is making headlines ever since she was crowned Miss Universe last year. The 21-year-old brought us immense pride with her victory. After her magnificient win, she managed to win millions of hearts across the world.

Recently, Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu walked the ramp at the Lakme Fashion Week for designers Shivan and Narresh. The diva wore a Spezia Micro-Velvet Gown with halter accents at the ramp. However, more than her impeccable confidence or stunning outfit, netizens talked about her sudden weight gain.

Miss Universe Harnaaz Sandhu was brutally trolled for her weight gain. While some called her overweight, others asked how she suddenly had gained so much weight.

Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu Suffers From Celiac Disease

After all the trolling online, Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu in an interview addressed the same and shared that she is suffering from celiac disease. In an interview with PTI, Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu said, "I'm one of those individuals who was first bullied that 'she's too skinny' and now they bully me saying 'she's fat'. Nobody knows about my celiac disease. That I can't eat wheat flour and many other things."

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She shared that her body underwent a lot of changes as she lived across different cities. She told everyone that if one goes to a village, they will themselves see a change in their bodies. When she went to New York for the first time, it was an altogether different world for her.

Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu On Trolling

In the same interview, Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu talked about all the trolling which is happening after her weight gain. She said, "I'm someone who believes in body positivity and one of the Miss Universes for the very first time is going through that. On the platform of Miss Universe, we talk about women empowerment, womanhood, and body positivity. And if I am going through that... I know there are a lot of people who are trolling me and it's okay because that's their mindset, their stigmas, but there are a lot of other individuals who are trolled every day irrespective of their Miss Universe or not. I'm empowering them by making them feel that if I feel gorgeous, you are beautiful too."

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"For me everyone is beautiful. It's about how you represent yourself and what kind of ideology you have. Your features do not matter at one moment. If you think that I'm the most beautiful girl that's why I won Miss Universe, I'm sorry, you're wrong. I might not be the most beautiful (girl) but I might be one of the courageous and confident girls who believes even if I'm fat, even if I'm thin, it's my body, I love myself. I love the changes and you should appreciate it because not everyone can go through the changes. So be happy if you're going through changes. If you are facing challenges in life, you should be thankful because that means something good is going to happen," she added.

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What Is Celiac Disease?

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Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder which triggers when an individual eats gluten. Gluten is a protein which is present in wheat, barley, rye among other grains. When a person suffers from celiac disease, their body overeacts to the gluten and leads to different issues. The food doesn't get digested completely, it does damage to the small intestine. However, celiac disease is not the same as gluten intolerance.

Causes Of Celiac Disease

There are different factors which contribute to this disorder.

  • Gastrointestinal infections
  • Gut bacteria
  • Viral infection
  • Severe emotional stress
  • Certain surgeries
  • Pregnancy

Celiac Disease Symptoms

Those who suffer from celiac disease see symptoms after eating something with gluten in it. Some common symptoms are -

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  • Heartburn
  • Gas
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal pain
  • Anaemia
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Weight loss


If left untreated, celiac disease can lead to some major complications -
Infertility and Miscarriage

Malabsorption of vitamin D and calcium in the body can lead to reproductive issues.

Those with celiac disease are at a greater risk of developing cancer.

As the small intestine is unable to absorb nutrients, it can lead to anemia and weight loss.
Preventing Celiac Disease

One can prevent celiac disease by eliminating gluten from the diet. There are different ways of removing gluten from the diet and for the same, you should consult a nutritionist.
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