Comparison of the eating behaviour and dietary consumption in older adults with and without visual impairment


Globally, a high prevalence of obesity and undernutrition has been reported in people with visual impairment (VI) who have reported multi-factorial obstacles that prevent them from achieving a healthy diet, such as having restricted shopping and cooking abilities. The present study is the first to investigate the relationship between VI and dietary consumption using a representative sample size, standardised methods to categorise VI and a detailed analysis of dietary consumption. Ninety-six participants with VI and an age-matched control group of fifty participants were recruited from across the UK. All participants were aged 50 years or over. The participants completed a 24-h food recall for a period of 3 d. The participants also answered questions about their abilities to shop for and cook food as well as their knowledge of healthy eating. The participants with VI in this sample consumed significantly fewer energy content and other nutrients than is recommended for their age group and when compared with an age-matched control group. The participants with VI mainly made food choices irrespective of nutritional value. The results of the present study highlight for the first time that a large proportion of older adults with VI in the UK are undernourished. These results suggest local and government-led initiatives should be implemented to support the diets of older adults in the UK, and these initiatives could include healthy eating workshops, café clubs or skills training and rehabilitation.

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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 > School of Optometry > Vision, Hearing and Language
College of Health & Life Sciences
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Activities of Daily Living,Dietary consumption,Eating behaviours,Visual Impairment,Medicine (miscellaneous),Nutrition and Dietetics
Publication ISSN: 1475-2662
Last Modified: 17 May 2024 07:15
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2019 14:33
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2020-03-28
Published Online Date: 2019-12-03
Accepted Date: 2019-11-25
Authors: Jones, Nabila
Bartlett, Hannah (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-7531-6902)



Version: Accepted Version

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