The Cost of a Healthier Diet for Young Children With Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus.
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 of nutrition education and behavior
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
diabetes; food costs; nutrition; dietary costs
Patton, S. R., Goggin, K., Clements, M. A. The Cost of a Healthier Diet for Young Children With Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus. Journal of nutrition education and behavior 47, 361-366 (2015).