8 Things Not to Say to Someone With Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis

We all have insecurities — maybe about our hair, weight, clothing or freckles. It’s something different for everyone, and a person who is living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is no different.

Chrohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are two types of IBD. What sets them apart is the area that is affected in the gastrointestinal tract, but their symptoms are quite similar. Someone who is suffering from one of these illnesses may battle weight loss and weight gain, constant fatigue, loss of appetite, severe inflammation in the GI tract, and more.

or all of these reasons, certain comments or questions — especially those concerning appearance, weight and diet – can deeply affect someone suffering from IBD. While you may be concerned to see sudden weight loss, weight gain, or notice that your friend or family member is barely eating, their struggle goes deeper than appearances, and you could easily offend and hurt them without realizing it. Here’s what not to say to someone who is living with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis:

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