Title

The Cost of a Healthier Diet for Young Children With Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-2015

Identifier

doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2015.03.006

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: This study used a market-basket approach to examine the availability and cost of a standard food shopping list (R-TFP) vs a healthier food shopping list (H-TFP) in the grocery stores used by a sample of 23 families of young children with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM).

METHODS: The researchers used frequency counts to measure availability. The average cost of the R-TFP and H-TFP was compared using paired t test.

RESULTS: Small or independent markets had the highest percentage of missing foods (14%), followed by chain supermarkets (3%) and big box stores (2%). There was a significant difference in average cost for the R-TFP vs the H-TFP ($324.71 and $380.07, respectively; P < .001).

CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS: Families may encounter problems finding healthier foods and/or incur greater costs for healthier foods. Nutrition education programs for T1DM need to teach problem solving to help families overcome these barriers.

Journal Title

Journal of nutrition education and behavior

Volume

47

Issue

4

First Page

361

Last Page

366

MeSH Keywords

Adult; Child; Child Nutrition Sciences; Child, Preschool; Cross-Sectional Studies; Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1; Diet, Diabetic; Female; Food; Food Supply; Humans; Infant; Kansas; Male; Parents

Keywords

diabetes; food costs; nutrition; dietary costs

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