Nutritional Care for the Transgender Community

By Lisa Andrews Med RD LD


Transgender identity

According to a 2016 survey by the Williams Institute, roughly .58% of the US population or 1.4 million adults identify as being transgender. Estimating a true number is difficult as population-based surveys rarely ask about transgender status. 1

The term transgender is defined as identifying with a different gender than you were assigned at birth. A transgender man is someone assigned female that identifies as male, while a transgender woman identifies as female. Cisgender applies to those who identify with their assigned gender at birth.

Non-binary means the individual does not identify with either male or female and may describe themself as they or them. Not all trans...