Date of Award
Master of Science
Food and Nutrition
Long Roth, Sara
AN ABSTRACT OF THE THESIS OF KATHRYN E. LAMB, for the Master of Science degree in Food and Nutrition, presented on Tuesday, November 22, 2011, at Southern Illinois University Carbondale TITLE: DEVELOPMENT OF FOOD GUIDE PYRAMID FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH ACHONDROPLASIA MAJOR PROFESSOR: Dr. Sara Long Roth Previous studies have developed food guide pyramids for different populations. However, no study has developed a food guide pyramid for individuals with achondroplasia. This study used the USDA's food guide pyramid, RDA/DRI, and 2010 Dietary Guidelines to develop a food guide pyramid for individuals with achondroplasia. Although food guide pyramids for different populations exist, there was a lack of nutritional guidelines geared towards individuals with achondroplasia. As this population continues to increase (1 of 26,000), the need for nutrition information increases too. Individuals with ACH are at risk of being overweight or obese just like average sized adults; and with being the height of a child and age of an adult, it can be more of a challenge to maintain a healthy body weight. This indicates how much of a need there is for food guide pyramid for individuals with achondroplasia. Results will benefit individuals with achondroplasia along with parents, physicians, registered dietitians, and other health professionals associated with individuals with achondroplasia. Development of food guide pyramid for individuals with ACH could help develop food guide pyramids for other types of dwarfisms.
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