In the Hackney resident health and wellbeing survey, adults with a disability were less likely to report consuming five portions of fruit and vegetables a day than average (24% compared with 35% overall). 6

People with learning disabilities are at increased risk of dietary-related poor health, being more likely to be both underweight and obese – depending on severity of disability. 7Underweight risk in this population is associated with poor diet and difficulty swallowing; overweight and obesity can be due to specific conditions such as Prader Willi syndrome (which causes insatiable appetite) or due to high intakes of energy and saturated fat. 8 9  Fewer than 10% of adults with learning disabilities in supported accommodation eat a balanced diet, with poor intake of fruit and vegetables a common feature in this population. 10

References

  1. Ipsos MORI, “Health and Wellbeing in Hackney: Survey Report for Hackney Council,” 2015.
  2. D. Elliott, K. Saunders, P. Saunderson and K. Fellows, “West Midlands Good Practice Briefing Learning Disability and Obesity,” Public Health England, 2016.
  3. D. Elliott, K. Saunders, P. Saunderson and K. Fellows, “West Midlands Good Practice Briefing Learning Disability and Obesity,” Public Health England, 2016.
  4. E. Hoey, A. Staines, D. Walsh, D. Corby and K. Bowers, “An examination of the nutritional intake and anthropometric status of individuals with intellectual disabilities: Results from the SOPHIE study,” J Intellect Disabil, vol. 11, 2016.
  5. E. Hoey, A. Staines, D. Walsh, D. Corby and K. Bowers, “An examination of the nutritional intake and anthropometric status of individuals with intellectual disabilities: Results from the SOPHIE study,” J Intellect Disabil, vol. 11, 2016.
  6. Ipsos MORI, “Health and Wellbeing in Hackney: Survey Report for Hackney Council,” 2015.
  7. D. Elliott, K. Saunders, P. Saunderson and K. Fellows, “West Midlands Good Practice Briefing Learning Disability and Obesity,” Public Health England, 2016.
  8. D. Elliott, K. Saunders, P. Saunderson and K. Fellows, “West Midlands Good Practice Briefing Learning Disability and Obesity,” Public Health England, 2016.
  9. E. Hoey, A. Staines, D. Walsh, D. Corby and K. Bowers, “An examination of the nutritional intake and anthropometric status of individuals with intellectual disabilities: Results from the SOPHIE study,” J Intellect Disabil, vol. 11, 2016.
  10. E. Hoey, A. Staines, D. Walsh, D. Corby and K. Bowers, “An examination of the nutritional intake and anthropometric status of individuals with intellectual disabilities: Results from the SOPHIE study,” J Intellect Disabil, vol. 11, 2016.