Nutrition interventions for people with disabilities: a scoping review.

Peer-reviewed article
(2014 Apr) Disabil Health J, 7 157-63


King JL, Pomeranz JL, Merten JW



Approximately 19 percent of Americans have a disability. People with disabilities are at greater risk for obesity and poor nutrition, as well as resulting secondary conditions. CDC recommends interventions for this population to address this disparity.


The purpose of this article is to present the results of a scoping review of studies pertaining to community-based nutrition interventions among adults with disabilities.


Electronic databases were searched to discover articles pertaining to community-based nutrition interventions for people with disabilities.


Sixteen journal articles published between 2002 and 2012 were reviewed. The reviewed community based nutrition interventions for adults with disabilities showed some success in improving health outcomes.


There is a need for future research, particularly interventions with objective outcome measures and including people with disabilities throughout the development and implementation of programs.