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10 The researchers found that adults overall do not consume enough nutrients, with the majority of people deficient in both potassium and fiber, among other nutrients. One of the researchers who worked with An, Chung-Yi Chiu, a University professor in kinesiology and community health, noted that much of the study was a collaborative effort. Though her field of study is different than An’s, the two were able to bring together two different disciplines after she brought up the idea of studying the health effect that a proper diet has on adults with disabilities. “My background is rehab psychology, (An’s) background is more like health policy analysis and the health economics issue. For me, I always focused on how I could promote — for people with disabilities — their health and well-being,” Chiu said. For people with disabilities, An and Chiu found that they were far less likely to receive the recommended amounts of saturated fat, fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium and potassium. Chiu believes that one of the reasons why this occurs is due to the cost of health care, as people who don’t earn much money will

“Disabled adults face poverty, homelessness and other challenges, which are amplified by their disability. I am not surprised that disabled adults have more difficulty attaining a healthy diet in addition to the other challenges they already face.” SOPHIE HOFFMAN senior in AHS

forfeit it, but when health care must be a priority, people often have to forfeit other things. One of the ways she explains the nutritional deficit is by comparing her own experiences in college to those of people who have to live on a right budget. “When I was an international student, four to five years ago, one thing I can say for money is that I spent less money on food. So I believe this is a kind of common reasoning for people with (disabilities),” Chiu said. “When we have less money, the first thing I can say is that I will purchase cheaper food

— or convenience food — and usually those foods were not quite healthy,” Sophie Hoff man, a senior in AHS, found that the study confi rmed things she had already predicted. “Disabled adults face poverty, homelessness and other challenges, which are amplified by their disability. , I am not surprised that disabled adults have more difficulty attaining a healthy diet in addition to the other challenges they already face,” Hoff man wrote in an email. Hoff man, like Chiu, believes that there

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