BY SUSAN SZUCH
People living with disabilities hit dead end in food accessibility
study by Ruopeng An, professor in community health, has found that physical, mental and financial barriers can all be obstacles in receiving proper nutrition for adults with disabilities. T he study indicated that approximately 10 to 25 percent of U.S. adults fall into one or more categories of disability, from activities of daily
living to general physical activities. In An’s 2014 paper, “Nutrition intake among U.S. adults with disabilities,” An compared selfreported food and supplement consumption data from surveys conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics. The team then compared dietary intake and dietary guideline recommendations for people with and without disabilities.