Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

6203

Date

2018

Date of Award

10-31-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Major

Nutrition

Concentration

Clinical Nutrition

Committee Chair

Ruth Williams-Hooker

Committee Member

Marian Levy

Committee Member

Whitney Trotter

Abstract

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) need to understand the unique needs of the transgender population and be prepared to participate in multi-disciplinary groups to help those transitioning maintain health and well-being. Currently, no studies examine a nutritional intervention specifically with this population. The purpose of this survey was to determine if RDNs are consulted for nutritional counseling either before or during hormone replacement therapy. An anonymous, online survey invitation letter was distributed to the transgender community. It was also posted to a support group on Facebook. Participants had to be over 18 years old, live in the United States, self-identify as transgender, and currently be on hormone replacement therapy. There were 92 completed responses representing 29 states. Of these, 31.87% have had gender reassignment surgery, but only 8.70% of the respondents received nutritional counseling from a RDN. Transgender individuals undergoing hormone replacement therapy are typically not receiving nutritional counseling from RDNs.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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