The impact of visual impairment on nutritional status: A systematic review


The aim of this review was to evaluate the literature that has investigated the impact of visual impairment on nutritional status. We identified relevant articles through a multi-staged systematic approach. Fourteen articles were identified as meeting the inclusion criteria. The sample size of the studies ranged from 9 to 761 participants. It was found that visual impairment significantly affects nutritional status. The studies reported that visually impaired people have an abnormal body mass index (BMI); a higher prevalence of obesity and malnutrition was reported. Visually impaired people find it difficult to shop for, eat, and prepare meals. Most studies had a small sample size, and some studies did not include a study control group for comparison. The limitations of these studies suggest that the findings are not conclusive enough to hold true for only those who are visually impaired. Further studies with a larger sample size are required with the aim of developing interventions.

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Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Optometry > Optometry
College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Optometry > Optometry & Vision Science Research Group (OVSRG)
College of Health & Life Sciences
College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Optometry > Vision, Hearing and Language
Additional Information: Copyright © 2018, The Author(s). Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Activities of daily living, food experiences, eating patterns, nutrition, shopping, visual impairment
Publication ISSN: 1744-5809
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2024 07:29
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2018 11:05
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2018-01-10
Published Online Date: 2018-01-10
Accepted Date: 2018-01-10
Authors: Jones, Nabila
Bartlett, Hannah (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-7531-6902)



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