Degree Name

Master of Science


Department of Public Health and Nutrition


Weight loss in HIV/AIDS has been well documented. The cause of this weight loss is often unknown although it is thought many factors are involved. The weight loss appears to be such that muscle is lost in preference to fat. It is likely this weight loss contributes to disease progression. This research aimed to develop criteria that would be suitable for inexpensive and easy to prepare healthy weight gain recipes specific for the problems of people with HIV/AIDS (malabsorption, diarrhoea, bowel disease, nausea, and vomiting). In addition a number of recipes were to be analysed to determine their suitability for inclusion in a healthy weight gain cookbook.