In December of last year, Punjab girl Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu, from Punjab, was crowned Miss Universe 2021, winning India the crown for the third time after 22 long years. But ever since Harnaaz has been back home, she has been receiving mixed responses from her fellow men.

But things turned to the worst when Harnaaz walked the ramp on the fourth day of the Lakme Fashion Week 2022. She wore a gown with a halter neck for the Shivan and Naresh show and paired it with John Jacobs sunglasses. After her pictures from the event went viral, she caught the attention of some netizens who brutally trolled Harnaaz after they pointed out her drastic body weight change.

After being body-shamed and called fat all over social media, Harnaaz revealed that she is suffering from Celiac disease. Addressing the trolls, Harnaaz 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.” Harnaaz also shared that she has always felt confident in her skin by adding, “I am one of the courageous and confident girls who believe even if I’m fat, even if I’m thin, it’s my body, I love myself.”

Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition that affects a person’s immune system and works against the body. This autoimmune response is triggered when one eats gluten. The celiac disease leads to malnourishment, loss of bone density, fertility issues, neurological diseases, and sometimes even cancer. Celiac disease can also lead to both weight gain as well as weight loss and is also associated with long-term digestive problems.


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