Navigating the gluten-free diet in college

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


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Celiac Disease / diet therapy*
  • Communication
  • Diet Surveys
  • Diet, Gluten-Free*
  • Female
  • Focus Groups
  • Food Services*
  • Humans
  • Intention
  • Internet
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Male
  • Motivation
  • Patient Compliance*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Universities*
  • Young Adult