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J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2012 Dec;55(6):740-4. doi: 10.1097/MPG.0b013e3182653c85.

Navigating the gluten-free diet in college.

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Center for Child and Adolescent Health Research and Policy, Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, Boston, MA, USA.


Factors that affect adherence to the gluten-free diet (GFD) are reported in children and adults; however, there is little data regarding young adults. The objective of the present study is to explore adherence challenges experienced by young adults in college. Responses from the online survey (N = 50), interview (N = 21), and focus group (N = 7) indicate students were motivated to adhere but experience challenges related to dining services and social situations. Dining services from 6 colleges reported a variety of accommodations for students with celiac disease, but request increased student involvement. Tools and strategies that facilitate communication between students and dining services may improve adherence.

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