Because IBD can often prevent essential nutrients from being absorbed in the body, malnutrition is a serious problem in many sufferers. In addition, people with IBD tend to burn fat calories at a higher rate than the general population and most patients are underweight. Some experts recommend that people with IBD, especially children, consume about 150% of the daily recommended amount of protein today to make up for the deficit.
Even though I started having a few issues with my gut in high school I was fortunate that they didn't affect my day-to-day life. I dated, traveled, went out with friends, did what I wanted when I wanted, ate what I wanted to eat, and generally lived life thought-free. In my mid-20's I started having a few more gut symptoms pop-up. I…