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A short survey of the effects of nutritional knowledge, eating habits, and quality of life in Coeliacs

This survey is part of an MSc in Nutrition and Food Science, and has been approved by, and will be supervised by the University of Central Lancashire.

 

Coeliac disease is an auto immune disorder affecting 1 in 100 of the UK population

 

Coeliac disease is being diagnosed more frequently, though an estimated 500,000 people in the UK remain undiagnosed (Coeliac UK, 2018).

The survey explores four aspects of everyday life for people with Coeliac Disease:

  • Demographics (just a little bit about you, eg. age, gender)

  • Eating habits

  • Nutritional knowledge

  • Quality of Life

I am keen to discover from ‘Coeliacs’ more about your everyday experiences of living with this condition, and whether or not these issues vary by gender, current age and age at diagnosis.

What did you know about food and nutrition when you were first diagnosed, and how much have you had to learn?

What about your family and friends? Do they understand your condition and what you can and can’t eat?

What’s it like when you eat out? Or are you too nervous to eat out?

What do you find the most challenging and has it become any easier or more difficult over time?

By understanding how nutritional knowledge affects your physical health and social well-being, your family, friends, and the wider community may become more sensitive to your needs.

“Whilst responses are invaluable from all age groups (18 and over) I am particularly hoping to compare the experiences of the younger Coeliac age group, 18 to 29, to other Coeliac age groups.”

Please share your experiences by taking part in this 10-15 minute survey, and hopefully this will contribute to the development of initiatives to raise awareness amongst family and friends and the wider community.

 

This survey is part of my MSc in Nutrition and Food Science, and has been approved by, and will be supervised by the University of Central Lancashire.

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