Quitting is not an option: An analysis of online diet talk between celiac disease patients

M. Veen, H.F.M. te Molder, H.G.J. Gremmen, C.M.J. van Woerkum

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This is an empirical study of the way in which celiac disease patients manage the risk of gluten intake in their everyday life.The article examines naturally occurring conversational data in order to study how patients cope interactionally with constantly being at risk in their day-to-day living. They reject quitting the diet as a valid option, and instead construct a ‘diet world’ in which dietary transgression is presented as an integrated part of everyday life. In this way, patients can manage occasional diet lapses without putting the validity of the diet itself at stake. By examining how the gluten-free diet is treated in interaction, we find out more about the pre-existing everyday strategies that have to be taken into account when new therapies are being introduced.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-40
JournalHealth: an Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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