Nutrition and Paediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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Status: In-progress
Year: 2018
Funded: $40,000

The aims of the present PhD study are to assess the dietary intake of ambulatory patients with Crohn disease and investigate whether their dietary intakes of macro- and micronutrients meet the recommended daily intake (RDIs); to ascertain why many children with IBD self-restrict their diets and which food-types they restrict; to determine families’ set beliefs about the impact of diet on IBD; and to establish children’s attitudes and responses towards EEN and maintenance enteral nutrition (MEN). The dietary intakes of children and adolescents with IBD will also be compared with nutrient intakes of age- and sex-matched healthy siblings using a four-day food diary.

Researcher // Mrs Stephanie Brown – Canterbury District Health Board

Stephanie Brown is a New Zealand Registered Dietitian. Since qualifying as a dietitian, Stephanie has worked extensively in the areas of women’s health, general medicine, oncology and gastrointestinal dietetics.


What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease?

The term inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) describes a group of disorders in which the intestines become inflamed. It has often been thought of as an autoimmune disease, but research suggests that the chronic inflammation may not be due to the immune system attacking the body itself. Instead, it is a result of the immune system attacking a harmless virus, bacteria, or food in the gut, causing inflammation that leads to bowel injury. Two major types of IBD are ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

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Estimated number of New Zealanders affected by the disease..
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New Zealand has world’s third highest prevalence rate of the disease.
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By 2013, cases of the disease in New Zealand had increased by 81%.
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Studies indicate the number of Kiwis with IBD will double by 2026.

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